Gallery Panel: Betty Collier

ART EDIT’S PANEL OF GALLERISTS AND AN ART FAIR CURATOR TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS ARTIST AND SHARE TIPS ON HOW TO HANG THEIR WORK.

Kerry-Anne Blanket

Georgia Huestis

Salli Coppin

Betty Collier, Cape Eagle – Owl. Ink on smooth watercolour paper, 32 x 22cm.

KERRY-ANNE BLANKET

KAB Gallery, Terrigal

Artists working with ink must be supremely confident with their technical approach to their work. Unlike graphite, each mark is permanent, and errors could be unforgiving for a delicate artwork such as this. Betty Collier has created an amazing drawing of this owl. I am particularly drawn to the beady, life-like eyes which bring it to life. The intricate detailing on the bird’s feathers clearly demonstrates Betty’s technical skill and her control of the medium. This work would be fantastic in an office or home office environment, as a piece to study and consider while thinking.

GEORGIA HUESTIS

The Affordable Art Fair, Melbourne

The detail Betty captures in this piece is mesmerising, with each feather an artwork in itself. The contrast between light and dark in this miniature gives the sense that the bird could just leap from the page. The pitch-black, beady eyes are piercing in contrast with the soft shadows at the base of the claws, and the fluffy feathers cushioning the face make for a compelling work. Betty’s mastery of technique is further enhanced by the popularity of the owl as a subject. Always a crowd-pleaser, this nocturnal creature is an ever-admired theme with collectors worldwide.

SALLI COPPIN

Margaret River Gallery, Margaret River

A work of fine ink on paper is always a treat to behold when well executed and Betty must have a passion to achieve a work at this level. Birds are always a popular subject and owls, as quirky as they are, are much loved. The artist has used the owl as a study to show the fine details of plumage and other defining features, which characterise these lovely creatures. For this piece to enhance your home it would preferably be framed under non reflective glass so one can appreciate the detail.

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