Mike Nicholls & Jo Darvall.


‘Changing Tides’ is an exhibition of paintings, watercolours & drawings exploring the shifting seascapes of the Merricks to Flinders coastline by two different artists, Mike Nicholls & Jo Darvall. Nicholls & Darvall have a strong connection with this part of Victoria’s coastline, with Darvall regularly residing at her family farm in Flinders & Nicholls a regular exhibitor at Merricks House Art Gallery & Montalto Vineyard.

Mike Nicholls seascapes are derived from small plein-air drawings produced on numerous visits to the Peninsula’s coastline. The drawings are research works from which to develop oil paintings of seascapes in the studio. Rather than work from photographs, Nicholls draws in situ, spending an hour or two recording the vision before him – which is in constant flux. Rather than capturing the vista in a stagnant moment, the artist has endured to capture the essence of a moment in time. Alongside the paintings and drawings Nicholls will be exhibiting a small selection of his most recent bronze and wooden sculptures.

Jo Darvall’s watercolours depict the towering forms of ancient trees gracefully lining the Flinders farms boundary fence. Their large heavy bows reaching out, some falling with heavy timber arms that creak and moan in the wind. Her oil paintings reveal Western Port Bay, its silvery body arching over to Phillip Island, originally known as the “Dangerous Bight” this stretch of water is submerged in a hazy blue grey mist where large monolithic rocks punctuate the horizon.

Mike Nicholls has exhibited widely at public and private galleries throughout Australia and been the recipient of many major art prizes, recently winning the Montalto Sculpture Prize 2018. He has had major solo exhibitions at McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park and South Gippsland Regional Gallery. His work is extensively represented in major public and private art collections, including the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. He has completed many public art commissions throughout Australia.

Jo Darvall resides in Western Austalia and is represented by galleries in Singapore and Australia. Her works are in many important collections such as the Janet Holmes a Court Collection in WA, private and public collections in Australia, Singapore and China.


    Exhibition to be opened by Jane Alexander, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Coordinator Arts and Culture - Director Please join us for opening drinks & meet the artists. Saturday 16th March 2019 3pm - 5pm


    Saturday 16th March - Sunday 7th April 2019

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