Bondi Pavilion Gallery

Current exhibition

Jacqueline Butterworth
The Old Bear and the Sea
4-16 October

Working primarily in oils, I love to create detailed, realistic, yet often rather unexpected paintings of whatever takes my fancy,usually in the hope of making some sense of this little jaunt I’m taking through life.

Over the past few years I have been exploring themes that reflect on the transient nature of the things we love – a recurring pre-occupation that stems from both old and new losses. Though this is often what informs the direction of my art lately, it is usually tempered by a doggedly persistent hopefulness.

‘The Old Bear and the Sea’ is a painted tale of an old bear, whose young owner was lost at sea long ago, and who leaves home in a toy boat to find him.

Just to give a little context, the hero of this series is a small teddy bear, aptly named Blue Bear. Blue Bear was given to my eldest brother at birth and very quickly became his favorite, kept by him well into his teens. After my brother died, and for the next 16 years, Blue Bear lived ona rocking chair in my Mum’s room.

The inspiration for these drawings and paintings has largely come from my own experiences as a child of growing up in a home with that strange, bittersweet mixture of love and grief.

It was a time strongly characterized by an awareness of my Mum’s pain, and I suppose I just wanted to give expression to that old desireto see her smile; a desire often times greater than my own sadness.

To me, ‘The Old Bear and the Sea’ is about love, loss and the gradual realisation that life is still beautiful.

Coming Soon 

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Dominic Kirkwood- Australian Gothic

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Borrowed Time – Tannya Harricks and Virginia Woods Jack

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Mapping Sydney – Caroline Bouquet

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Kaleidoscope - The Tutors of Waverley Woollahra Art School

The exhibition highlights the dynamism which unfolds as different artists collaborate in one Art School. The diverse practices and quality of talent of tutors currently teaching...

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Phone: (02) 9083 8790

Gallery open 10-5pm daily.

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