A new exhibition opening at Moran Gallery Sylvania promises to be just as colourful as it is a labour of love. Robert James is a self-taught patch worker who quilts every day. His abstract works are inspired by his research into Theosophy and how this influenced painters such as Kandinsky and Mondrian, as well as the works of contemporary quilters like Michael James from the United States and Anne Woringer from France.
“I began quilting in 1999. I asked Maree Blanchard to make me a quilt from batik squares. She politely suggested that I make it myself. I did and was hooked” said Robert.
Robert James began quilting after a career teaching drama. He has exhibited throughout Australia and in the United States, receiving numerous awards. In 2014 his quilt, From Indigo to silk, won ‘Most Creative Use of Colour’ at the Sydney Quilt Show. In 2015 he was one of the artists included in the major exhibition, Labours of Love: Australian Quilts 1850 – 2015. This year he was the feature quilter at the 2018 Sydney Quilt Show.
Robert James, My Passion for Patchwork was officially opened at the Moran Gallery Sylvania on Wednesday 15 August 2018. The exhibition will be open to the public from 16 August to 7 October, 10am to 4pm daily with free entry.
- Moran Gallery at Moran Sylvania: 29 Sylvania Road, Sylvania NSW 2224
- Exhibition: Thursday 16 August to 7 October 2018 inc.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 4pm, Free Entry
The Moran Gallery in collaboration with Hazelhurst Arts Centre, presents a series of exhibitions which aim to enrich the day to day life of Moran Aged Care residents; their families and the community. The Gallery showcases Australia’s emerging and established artists allowing residents and visitors to experience first hand the range of diversity of Australian art.
The Moran Aged Care, lifestyle and leisure programs encourage residents to explore their own bcreativity through workshops conducted by the artists on display. The Moran Health Care Group is also a major supporter of Hazelhurst Arts Centre as a Principal Partner supporting active arts programs for the community.
Pictured: Robert James, From Indigo to Silk, 2014, cotton and silk 296 x 201.5cm, courtesy of the artist