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Chris McClelland’s latest drawing has been released at AGRA Gallery in Melbourne

A drawing inspired by a visit to Arkaba Station

A coloured pencil drawing inspired by a visit to Arkaba Station

The Flinders Ranges are one of the most beautiful regions of Australia, the shapes and colours an artists paradise.
Arkaba Stations is one of the well known sheep stations, bordered by these colourful ranges, stretching up to the
lip of the famous Wilpena Pound.
The Station’s spectacular scenes provided the inspiration for many of Hans Heyson’s works of art.  The red gums along Arkaba Station Creek and wattle blooms made a lovely subject for a colourful pencil drawing, looked on by two red soil stained western grey kangaroos.

 

“Exuberance Of Youth” on display in Melbourne

"Exhuerance of Youth"   at the Australian Guild of Realist Artist' Gallerys at Camberwell

"Exhuerance of Youth" at AGRA Gallery Camberwell

“Exuberance of Youth” drawn by Chris McClelland is part of the Mortimore Travelling Art Prize Exhibition which has been touring the eastern states of Australia for the last year.
It is now on display at the Australian Guild of Realists Artist’s Gallery, 1 Inglesdy Road, Camberwell, Victoria until the 24th June.  It is worth taking time to see this drawing and many fine paintings by other artists on display.
Ph for the AGRA Gallery 03 9882 5859.

Exuberence of Youth – Mortimore Art Prize at Canberra Grammar

Part of Mortimore Art Prize
Exuberence of Youth

A typical show of bravado from a young elephant, full of libido, who breaks out of the family herd moving unconcernedly off a waterhole to charge a supposed adversary, maybe an encroaching Kudu or perhaps a safari vehicle full of camera clicking tourists.  In this case his bravado is short-lived as this enlarged beast, ears outstretched, comes to a sudden halt only to mockingly turn-tail and run back to the safety of the herd.  The knowledgeable driver leans back unmoving and chuckles after warning his passengers to remain silent and still.

This magnificient drawing will be on show at Canberra Grammar
The 2011 Mortimore Prize tour continues with the opening at Canberra Grammar Saturday the 5th May at 3pm. Canberra Grammar, one of Australia’s premier private schools, is hosting Australia’s leading realism art event for the first time. Over the 2 weeks of the exhibition, Canberra’s art lovers are in for a treat. Gallery hours are 10am to 4pm Mon/Friday and 1pm to 4pm weekends.
for more information   www.australianartsales.com.au

Chris McClelland’s “Exuberance of Youth” on show Byron Bay – January 2012

THE 2011 MORTIMORE PRIZE
WINNERS AND SELECTED WORKS AT THE BLUE BICYCLE GALLERY,
CENTENNIAL CIRCUIT,  BYRON BAY
3RD TO 31ST JANUARY DAILY 10AM TO 4PM

Drawing finalists – “Animal Wildlife”
ChrisMcClelland’s “Exuberance of Youth”

Chris’s drawing “Exuberance of Youth” has been part of the travelling exhibition “The 2011 Mortimore Art Prize”.  It showcase realism in all it’s  art forms.  The exhibition is worth a visit and comes to your area sometime during the next six months.

African Elephant charging
 African Elephant charging

 Chris’s description of this drawing based on his experiences in Africa.

A typical show of bravado from a young elephant, full of libido, who breaks out of the family herd moving unconcernedly off a waterhole to charge a supposed adversary, maybe an encroaching Kudu or perhaps a safari vehicle full of camera clicking tourists.  In this case his bravado is short-lived as this enlarged beast, ears outstretched, comes to a sudden halt only to mockingly turn-tail and run back to the safety of the herd.  The knowledgeable driver leans back unmoving and chuckles after warning his passengers to remain silent and still.

 More of Chris’s adventures can be read on our web site under the “Newsletters” page.

Please leave a comment when you have read some stories, love to hear from you.

Enjoy!

 

 

Exuberence of Youth

A young bull elephant charging

 

I thought you might be interested in this bit of excitement when we opened our email this morning, see below. 

 Hi Margie and Chris, 

Just a quick note to congratulate you on winning the Judges Choice Award (as the work was way oversize
they did not feel it should win Best Fauna and asked if we would consider a new award).

The judges especially liked the use of negative spacing and light and shade.
 

 ( Have to tell you the kids love the elephants dangly bits…way before the adults see it 🙂 

It is a very dramatic drawing. This award is very special for Chris as he did this drawing especially for this exhibition. 

He is thrilled to bits with it.    If you have a chance go and have a look.  

 Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Incorporated organised the
Faber-Castell 250th Anniversary Exhibition
  at the Richard Randall Studio Gallery Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens,
Toowong, Brisbane  from 25 June – 3 July 2011
 

Chris’s description to go with the drawing

A typical show of bravado from a young elephant, full of libido, who breaks out of the family herd moving unconcernedly off a waterhole to charge a supposed adversary, maybe an encroaching Kudu or perhaps a safari vehicle full of camera clicking tourists.  In this case his bravado is short-lived as this enlarged beast, ears outstretched, comes to a sudden halt only to mockingly turn-tail and run back to the safety of the herd.  The knowledgeable driver leans back unmoving and chuckles after warning his passengers to remain silent and still.

Size of drawing unframed  63 x 66cm        Framed 102cm x 121cm

 

f-11 Exhibition by Hay Shutterbugs long weekend in June

Image of the poster around Hay

f11 Exhibition In Hay by Hay Shutterbugs

Hay Shutterbugs camera club are putting on an exhibition called “fII Exhibition” at the old state Bank building in Lachlan Street in Hay over the three days of the long weekend 11th to 13th June 10am to 4pm.  Featured will be some of Doug Jones photos taken over the years.  He has been the Club’s mentor helping members understand light and giving them a lots of encouragement.  The other photographers are Tania Baker, Lhaurie Cox, Aileen Honeyman, Chloe Hwoard, Margie McClelland, Clarie McFarlane, Robyn O’Brien, Filomena Pingiaro, Lita Thronder and Lyn Wells.

Chris Talks on Richard Filder’s Conversation hour

Chris Talks with Richard Filder on his "Conversation Hour"

ABC Richard Filder with Chris

Chris was invited to talk on “Richard Filder’s Conversation Hour” on Local ABC  Radio 12 th April.  You might enjoy the interesting glimpse of Chris on this chat that went on for an hour. Please let us know your reaction to it as we like receivng feedback! Down load the podcast from here to hear the interview.
Chris with Richard Filder ABC Studios in Brisbane

Chris to be interviewed on “Conversations with Richard Filder” ABC Local Radio April 12 @ 11am

Chris McClelland

Wildlife Artist

 Chris McClelland – Wildprints an International Wildlife Artist based in Hay NSW, Australia will be interviewed on “Conversations with Richard Filder” on ABC Local radio on Tuesday, 12th April, @ 11 am.

 Tune in to hear about Chris’s childhood growing up in Sydney, his jackerooing days in the outback, managing sheep/cattle stations, leaving “The Land” after 40 years to showcase his artistic talents with his pencils.  His adventures through Africa, South America and walking the Kokoda Track.  His ability with words, video and pencil.  We don’t really know what Richard will be talking to Chris about but it will be interesting.  Enjoy the programme.  If you miss it you can download it later by podcast  www.abc.net.au/conversations  later on the day.

Thanks goes to Sharni Montgomery for suggesting Chris as an interesting subject.  Click on http://www.sharnanigans.com/ an interesting lady in her own right

Chris Recieves an Australian Day Achievement Award in Hay 2011

Chris receiving his Australia Day Achievement Award
Chris receiving his Australia Day Achievement Award

 Below is the Citation on the Australia Day.

Chris is one of Australia’s most celebrated artists and one of the best wildlife artists in the world. Chris is a very modest man who never talks about his achievements. His work is seen in galleries around the world and is much sort after, particularly his African scenes. Chris has a long list of achievements to his name and in November 2010 he was made a Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists in Melbourne.

Chris makes time to pass on his knowledge by teaching younger members of Hay and he is a volunteer Tai Chi instructor particularly concentrating on those older members of our community who need this skill to strengthen their balance.

Sharni ran the 5kms for Afgan Women writers

Monte says good bye to Sharni as she sets off for her run
Elle Harris working on Facebook as Sharni runs pass
Elle Harris working on Facebook as Sharni runs pass

Sharni Running
Sharni Running
5 kms later Sharni finishes her run at home
5 kms later Sharni finishes her run at home
One Happy and relaxed Sharni after her run
One Happy and relaxed Sharni after her run

 Sharni Montgomery or Shanigans runs 5kms around Hay to raise money for the Afgan Women.  Well done Sharni

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