Macleay Artist Mark Pryor will be holding his fifth solo exhibition at the Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery in Gladstone from Wednesday November 14 until Sunday November 25.
Mark lives high in the hinterland of the Macleay Valley where deep mists fill the valleys and ridge lines are outlined by the setting sun.
His new exhibition is titled “epiphany” and the title reflects the feeling of peace and spiritual awakening that can be felt watching the still mists slowly rising from the valley floor.
Mark explains that it was scenes like this that inspired him to capture the “inner natural peace of all things” in calm and relaxing paintings.
This exhibition builds on Marks passion for the local environment and love of vibrant and translucent colours.
“I have focused on a stillness within the image, rather than a true representation of an actual scene. The works tend to glow with light and a little mystery,” he said.
Mark has lived in the Macleay Valley for 40 years and finds the natural beauty and serenity of the Mid North Coast ideal for creating vibrant art works.
“I love the Macleay Valley and although I have traveled extensively, I could not imagine a better environment to paint in,” Mark said.
Although his works have been included in international exhibitions and in local galleries and collections from Sydney to Bellingen, he loves exhibiting in the local area.
“The community gallery in Gladstone is an exceptional exhibiting space and Macleay valley residents should be proud that this unique space is part of our heritage and culture.”
Marks exhibition features a combination of over 30 watercolours and oils paintings.
Prints of works will also be available. The exhibition will be open every day from 10.30 until 4pm and Mark will be hosting a meet the artist afternoon with drinks and nibblies from 2pm on Saturday November 17.