“Ron and Ray have only recently met but have discovered common interests in both the arts of running and painting. Painting being the more recent passion and their collaboration over this exhibition has proved to be very fruitful indeed. It’s not every day that you can bring two random artists together and expect things to happen! But this exhibition certainly proves the opposite with plenty of energy and threads that tie the two bodies of work together!
Think of the Surf Coast and one conjures up beaches, rolling surf and prominent headlands! Well the locals will soon tell you that there’s far more to the coast than this! The magnificent Otway ranges flank the coast, stretching right back into the hinterland before finally giving way to the peaceful rural settings of the plains. Ray Wilson’s work reminds us of the ruggedness yet subtle beauty of the coastal fringe and the urge to explore beyond just one more headland before turning back! Whereas Ron Talbot’s work takes us inland and into the peace and tranquillity of rural life that is not at all evident on the coast. Together they provide a narrative that clearly helps broaden the notion of “the coast” and what it has to offer. The hasty coming together of these two artists leaves us with both a sense of surprise and satisfaction and wondering what might be possible through future collaborations.”
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