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TDF Collect · Decoding the Jungle by Barbara Kitallides

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13th March, 2014
Lucy Feagins
Thursday 13th March 2014

BK-Jungle#5

'Decoding the Jungle #5', acrylic and varnish on canvas, 76 x 101 cm by Melbourne artist Barbara Kitallides for her upcoming solo show - our inaugural TDF Collect art exhibition, opening March 27th!

BK-Jungle#3

'Decoding the Jungle #3', acrylic and varnish on canvas, 76 x 101 cm by Melbourne artist Barbara Kitallides for her upcoming solo show at TDF Collect, opening March 27th.

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Artist Barbara Kitallides at work in her Melbourne home studio.  Photo - Eve Wilson.
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Melbourne artist Barbara Kitallides in her home studio.  Photo - Eve Wilson.

OK, GET EXCITED people, we're announcing something a bit special today. TDF Collect is a brand new project we've been developing for a little while now, and which we're thrilled to launch in just two weeks time in Melbourne!

Through running this site and staging our annual TDF Open House events over the past few years, we have developed a somewhat obsessive passion for unearthing emerging (and often unrepresented) Australian artists, promoting their incredible talents, and making their work accessible to you guys, our readers.  We've come to realise that TDF can make an important contribution by supporting these local artists both online and offline, and giving them a platform to reach new audiences and collectors.

With this in mind, we've been hatching a bit of a plan over the past few months which feeds our passion for Australian art, and allows us to showcase work by some of our favourite artists a little more often than just once a year!

TDF Collect is our name for this new initiative, which will hold a series of temporary art exhibitions throughout the year.  Each TDF Collect exhibition will showcase original Australian artwork by that is new, collectible and affordable.  These are works by emerging local artists we love, and who we believe are destined for big things!  By affordable, we're talking under $2500 - with many works also falling under $1000. In our first year we will host four quarterly exhibitions, giving four carefully selected emerging Australian artists the opportunity to host a solo show with us.

We're thrilled to launch this very special new project with Decoding the Jungle - an incredible exhibition of new paintings by Melbourne artist Barbara Kitallides.

We discovered Barbara's work last year, and have keenly watched her progress since then.  We also included her beautiful colour-drenched canvases at our Open House events in both Melbourne and Sydney last year, and were super chuffed that you guys seemed to share our enthusiasm for Barbara's work - her works were a sell out in both cities!

For Decoding The Jungle, Barbara presents 26 new paintings which navigate the emotional jungle that sometimes lives within and around us. 'I was inspired to explore this jungle theme out of a need to understand my own world' Barbara explains. On a surface level, each artwork in this series takes on the abstract form, but when inspected a little more closely, presents itself as a unique jungle landscape. 'In this series I have made a conscious choice to go a little darker and deeper, both in colour palette and theme' Barbara says. The works invite the audience to navigate and explore their own personal jungle.

Barbara's show will open in our brand new little gallery space in Brunswick, Melbourne, in two weeks time on Thursday 27th March 2014, 6.00pm - 8.00pm.  We hope you'll join us!

For those who can't make the show, all Barbara's work are listed on the TDF Collect website from today, and are available for pre-sale via email.

Decoding the Jungle by Barbara Kitallides
TDF Collect
87 Albert Street
Brunswick, VIC

Opening Thursday March 27th, 6.00pm - 8.00pm.

Exhibition runs March 28th - April 3rd, 10.00am - 4.00pm most days, and 11.00 - 3.00pm on Sunday March 30th. Please see here for location and hours.

We'd also like to thank a small group of sponsors whose have thrown their support behind TDF Collect from the outset.  Huge thanks to Dulux for their ongoing support of this and many other TDF projects, and to PetalumaCAPI and Mountain Goat whose beverages we will enjoy at the opening of Barbara's show!

BK-Jungle#6

'Decoding the Jungle #6', acrylic and varnish on canvas, 76 x 101 cm by Melbourne artist Barbara Kitallides for her upcoming solo show - our inaugural TDF Collect art exhibition, opening March 27th!

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Smaller works for Barbara's upcoming show - 'Decoding the Jungle #24' and 'Decoding the Jungle #17', both acrylic and varnish on canvas, 51 x 51 cm by Barbara Kitallides for her upcoming solo show at TDF Collect, opening March 27th.

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Details from the studio of Melbourne artist Barbara Kitallides.  Photo - Eve Wilson.

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