Beverley Dowd & Amanda Hocking
BIO of BEVERLEY DOWD
Beverley Dowd is a contemporary artist working in oils, ink, acrylic, textiles and sculpture. She was born in Melbourne and has lived in Shepparton, Victoria since 1968.
She has an Arts degree from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Theology) from ACU. She is a retired secondary school teacher and taught English, Religious Education, Art, Geography and History over a career of 40 years. She studied art at Goulburn Valley TAFE.
She has been a member of Splinter Contemporary Artists Inc for 23 years and has held the positions of President, Secretary and Publicity Officer.
She has exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions from 1998 to the present, in various places including the Shepparton Art Museum, Eastbank Gallery Shepparton, MEAC Mooroopna, Kyabram Town Hall Gallery, The Flour Mill Gallery Euroa, and galleries at Mitchelton Winery, Violet Town and Woodend. She is a member of the Friends of the Shepparton Art Museum.
Her art goes beyond what she sees and expresses the strong beliefs and concerns which are in her mind. These include a love of nature, concern for our planet and respect for human beings and the environment.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY –
Amanda Hocking is an Australian artist whose practice includes water colours, acrylic paint, and mixed media work.
Amanda started out in water colours developing a loose and abstract method to depict her early subject matter, horses in sport. But later developed an enthusiasm for acrylic paints, especially the role they can play in creating contemporary, multi-dimensional mixed-media pieces.
As a keen environmentalist Amanda starts much of her work plein air, where she can explore and respond to the landscape. Her preliminary sketches and starts are then subjected to a construct-deconstruct-reconstruct methodology that shows Amanda’s unique approach to the contemporary landscape. Using a variety of mediums that include papers, found objects, acrylic paint, oil pastel and inks, she seeks to achieve a mutualistic symbiosis relationship that leads to vibrant pieces rich with colour and texture.
Throughout Amanda’s work a powerful political and emotional commentary on the surrounding world exists. This allows her to present a tangible evocation of contemporary life and a catalyst for growth, hope and appreciation.
Exhibitions and Residencies
2010 Inevitable – Bojas gallery, Shepparton.
2015 Circinate – MEAC Foyer gallery, Mooroopna.
2016 Artist in Residence, Victorian Art in School’s project.
2018 Kimberley Moon – Tussock gallery, Point Lonsdale.
2018 My Story project, Shepparton Arts Festival.
2017 Caravan Project, Shepparton Arts Festival.
2021 Postcards – MEAC Foyer gallery, Mooroopna.
2021 Experiencing Place – KTH Gallery, Kyabram.