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Two exhibitions of interest currently showing in Glebe Point Road: firstly "Recent Paintings" by Jeff Manning at the The Shop Gallery.

Jeff Manning is an accomplished painter, working primarily in the magical realist style. He has collaborated with well known leadlighter Greville Wilton on several occasions to produce stained glass windows for local Churches in the New England region and in this instance the two have produced a charming suite of stained glass panels illustrating acrobats, dancers and other figures from Jeff's oeuvre.

Manning has learned much from his association with Wilton and their experience with Church stained glass work, clearly evident in the painted decoration deployed in these quirky glass panels. I particularly enjoyed the exploration of 19th Century floral backgrounds: these locate the contemporary, stylised figures within a traditional stained glass canon creating an interesting juxtaposition. Whereas the fisherman and the waitress are to my eye not as successful, harking more toward the naive style of 1970's leadlight revival which occurred throughout the USA. Merely my opinion, of course. The small detail of a bowl of spaghetti in "The Waitress" however is brilliant.

Two panels by Jeff Manning & Greville WiltonTwo panels by Jeff Manning & Greville Wilton

Smoking AcrobatSmoking Acrobat

Pink AcrobatPink Acrobat

Blue AcrobatBlue Acrobat

SkippingSkipping

Delerium by Jaff ManningDelerium by Jaff Manning

Greville reveals secrets of the paintingGreville reveals secrets of the painting

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With Light in Mind

14 Dec 2013

Greville Wilton, of Golden Wattle Studios in Glen Innes, NSW, would be the first to declare he is no artist. He is an excellent leadlighter. But making that statement denies the brilliant design skills on display in this exhibition. Together with Tanja Robertson-Cunninghame they make an awesome team. This whole exhibition at Maitland Regional Art Gallery is predicated on close collaboration. Tanja has produced an enormous body of exciting new canvases referencing the Australian modernist abstract canon and it is these which form the basis of the 16x stained glass panels on display.

Greville's design and engineering skills also came to the fore in setting up the show and making full use of the space available in the atrium of the gallery's main entrance. A welded steel frame is attached to the ceiling and from this the stained glass works are suspended on steel cable. Each panel is cleverly framed in a welded steel frame comprising a fin of metal into which the lead came is inserted: this provides an essential foil of darkness to separate the glass from its background and allow it to live in the ambient space.

I particularly enjoyed the placement of stained glass panels in the stairwell and installed over the glass of the back exit. And the surprise pieces in the balconies also delight the senses. All in all a great exhibition, one which should raise the profile of Golden Wattle immensely but also go a long way to furthering the somewhat marginalised artform of contemporary stained glass.

Glass and Paintings at Maitland RegionalGlass and Paintings at Maitland Regional

From the balconyFrom the balcony

View from the first floorView from the first floor

The stairwellThe stairwell

Installed in the back doorInstalled in the back door

A horizontal piece with rondelsA horizontal piece with rondels

A vertical pieceA vertical piece

Abstract canvas incorporating butterfliesAbstract canvas incorporating butterflies

Turkish by Robertson-CunninghameTurkish by Robertson-Cunninghame

Set of paintingsSet of paintings

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