Gallery Panel: Cherie Strong

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Reannon Navaratnam

Kerry-Anne Blanket

Kerry-Anne Blanket

Sarah Montgomery

Cherie Strong, Somewhere in the middle of all the chaos… peace. Charcoal on 300gsm paper, 60 x 42cm.

Cherie Strong, Somewhere in the middle of all the chaos… peace. Charcoal on 300gsm paper, 60 x 42cm.

Reannon Navaratnam

IndiCo Galleries, Sydney

The artist has captured the essence of the natural world by combining humanity and nature in the subject matter of this raw work. Although the style of realism has been employed, the work itself is presented in a most unreal way, challenging the viewer and their perception of life as a whole.

Kerry-Anne Blanket

KAB Gallery, Terrigal

Cherie Strong’s surreal portrait Somewhere in the middle of all the chaos… peace is dark and evocative. Typically with portraiture, the subject’s face and expression is the focus, but here the inlaid dreamlike landscape instantly draws your attention. The artist’s choice of the smudged charcoal to depict the landscape is particularly interesting. On one hand, the calm mountain scene evokes a sense of peace as noted in the title. On the other, the dark and cloudy sky appears quite foreboding. This hints at an internal struggle and adds a wonderful extra dimension to the work. A great price point for such a detailed and engaging artwork that I am sure would be the talking point for any space.

Sarah Montgomery

Sydney Road Gallery, Seaforth

A gentleman, a deep thinker, with an impressive handlebar moustache. The title Somewhere in the middle of all the chaos… peace reflects on gathering oneself when all around you is chaos. I find myself transported to a time without technology – this charcoal is a classic drawing and its uncomplicated application is a great reminder to look inwards, dream and close your eyes to the distractions of our modern-day digital lives. A fantastic artwork that reflects strength and focus. It would be well-suited to an eclectic salon, hung with memorabilia and framed in a dark walnut or ash wood finish.

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