'Native Australian flora and fauna are commonly depicted in Weichard’s works and are symbolic of his affection toward the Australian landscape. Weichard grew up in the bush around Gembrook where he quickly developed a spiritual connection with the land and its animal inhabitants, both of which have become integral not only to his creative practice, but to his personal identity.'
'Memories Take Flight’ is a series of works that explores the concept of memory. 12 individual works look at how we form new memories, store them, retrieve them, lose them, alter or fabricate them based on our thoughts, dreams and reality. Mixed media layering purposefully creates textural and tangible imagery whilst intentionally covering elements of each previous layer. This loss with each layer symbolises memories blurred by time, suppression and emotion. Scattered and messy but somehow perfectly organised, these works are also an insight into Aidan’s mind, frantic and ever changing, cohesion is amiss, but each piece connected by the affection and love for the Australian setting, the animals he grew up with, and the animals he is now surrounded by, both native and domestic and the importance of those memories that have shaped his identity. Despite their frenetic nature, moments of clarity can be found through the detailed birds depicted in several works. These birds are symbolic of memories clear and true, contrasted amongst the archives of distortion and fabrication.'
Some exciting news came in late last week!! I've been accepted to showcase several of my works at the Affordable Art Fair UK at Battersea and Hampstead in England! I'll be represented by Gullotti Galleries alongside some brilliant Australian creative talent. A very large thank you to Paul from the gallery for getting me on board.
'Step aside Monsteras and Agaves; Australian wildlife is making a comeback as the main source of nature on our walls. West Gippsland–based painter Aidan Weichard’s effervescent works offer an ode to our beautiful flora and fauna, as well giving you extra pep with their lush, lively colours.
Tucked away in Garfield is a small ‘fixer-upper’ that Aidan calls home. When he’s not working long hours in the studio out back, he’s spending time with his wife, Jen, either undertaking their renovations, tending to the garden beds or hanging out with their two horses, two Aussie Shepherds, some friendly chooks and a cat named, Flower...'
Written by Asheda Weekes
Read the full article on the Gippslandia site here.
And just like that the Other Art Fair is done and dusted!!! 4 days went by in the blink of an eye. Sydney you were unreal, The team that put the event together did a brilliant job 🙌🏼
Thanks to my fellow artists for keeping the vibe chill and fun over the 4 days in our little area, to my wife for putting up with my hecticness leading up to the fair, to the other artists and gallerists at the fair for your amazing support and friendship over the 4 days and to the patrons and collectors who took the time to come and have a chat and even take a piece or two home 😁
Congrats to the Bluethumb team for putting on their gallery launch. I am very honoured to have my work included for the opening next to a stack of talented artists. It was amazing to see the space transformed and how many people showed up. It was very cool seeing a couple of my works hanging in the front entry and meeting so many other Bluethumb artists, such a great community. 🤗
Thanks again for having me!!!😉
Still coming down after an amazing weekend at the Other Art Fair with an amzing opening night and 4 days full of art chats.. Couldn't have done it without the support and help of my beautiful wife and my art fair click who kept me sane for the 4 days 🙌🏼
It was once again a huge honor to be part of the @ygap 'art for change' auction raising funds for the underprivileged. I am so proud to say that Desmond raised $3000 for this wonderful cause!!
Today 'Stella' went to auction to raise funds for a cause close to my heart. She raised $5000 for the St. John of God Palliative care services who supported our beautiful friend and family member Connie Manley and her family on their recent cancer journey. This is hands down the most meaningful piece of art I've been asked to create and I can only hope that the funds go a long way in providing support and comfort for families dealing with cancer. We miss you Connie.
More info on Connie's Day please see here.
In support of Connie's Day fundraising for St John of God Berwick Hospital Kangan Drive Palliative Care Services
"When asked to create a piece for the Connie's day fund raiser the decision to
paint one of Connie's own animals was obvious given Connie's passion for both art and her animals.
My wife and I consider the Manley’s as a second family and we were very close to Connie so I wanted to paint something that acknowledged that as well as something that I thought Connie herself would want to hang in her own art collection.
Drawing inspiration from artists such as Adam Cullen and David Bromley which Connie was so fond of, I opted for the pallet knife to create thick luxurious blends using colours and textures that aimed to emphasise light and shade whilst embellishing the kindness in Stella’s eyes.
I wanted to make Stella appear larger than life by contrasting her against a flat white back drop, strong with bold colours and endearing with soft accents, all of which encompass who Connie was to me’."
For more information on Connie's Day and how you can get involved visit here.
Artist and Animal Lover