New exhibiting artists at Feather & Lawry in Toowoomba – Stephen Baxter and Katie Wagner – have been combined in a delightful showing at the gallery.

Stephen’s contribution features landscapes, ceramic sculpture and hand built porcelain vases while Katie has provided a variety of works of acrylic on canvas and acrylic on calico. The display brought back memories for Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery curator Sue Lostroh, who opened the exhibition on Wednesday 18 April. “I have known Stephen since before Katie was born,” Sue told the distinguished opening night gathering which included Toowoomba Regional Council mayor Paul Antonio. “My gallery colleagues and I have benefited from Stephen’s contributions to our industry in his previous role as exhibitions officer at the Gold Coast Art Gallery. As an artist Stephen rewards his audience with his unpredictable whimsy and unique ability to construct and create from a diverse range of available things.”

The artists both have a close connection with TRAG as Stephen’s work is held in the Toowoomba City Collection and Katie began working as a gallery attendant last year. “Katie is still in the beginning of her career but her quiet determination will stand her in good stead,” Sue says. “Her bold imagery certainly creates a dramatic presence and I foresee a long and bright future for her.”

Described as an eclectic and evolutionary multimedia artist Stephen’s aim is to be free of any restraints that would limit his growth as an artist by conforming to the pressure to have a distinctive style. Pop culture, cartoon characters, toys and the Australian landscape are elements commonly referenced in his works.

Abstract landscapes play a prominent part of the creations by Katie, who won the Emerging Artist Award in 2016. She portrays her perspectives and ideas through the means of sculpture and painting depicting episodic memories and the site specific environments where they occurred.

The exhibition at Feather & Lawry in Russell Street, will run until June 15.

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