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TDF Collect · A Brightness Falls by Adriana Picker

TDF Collect

Today we’re excited to announce our first TDF Collect art exhibition for 2017, opening in two weeks time in our Collingwood gallery!

This month we are thrilled to be hosting ‘A Brightness Falls’, the first exhibition of paintings on canvas by Sydney artist and illustrator Adriana Picker. In addition to showing 14 new paintings, Adriana will also be creating a stunning large scale mural in our gallery for this show!

The show opens on Saturday March 4, with drinks from 2.00pm that day – we hope you’ll join us!

20th February, 2017

Sydney illustrator Adriana Picker, whose exhibition ‘A Brightness Falls’ opens at TDF Collect on March 4th – view all works available herePictured: Caladium, mixed media on canvas, 90cm x 90cm. Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.

‘The large scale of the works allowed me to focus on the texture of the foliage,’ tells Adriana. Detail of Caladium, mixed media on canvas, 90cm x 90cm. Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.

‘A Brightness Falls’ is the first solo exhibition of original paintings for the artist. Pictured: Caladium, mixed media on canvas, 90cm x 90cm.Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.

A completed work in Adriana’s studio. Pictured: Caladium, mixed media on canvas, 90cm x 90cm. View all works available here.  Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.

The show marks a resurgence of colour for Adriana, and a move away from the detailed, ink illustrations of her previous work. Pictured left to right: Banana Palm, mixed media on canvas, 90cm x 90cm, and Canna Lily, mixed media on canvas, 90cm x 90cm. View all works available here. Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.

‘The colour palette is unashamedly feminine and vibrant,’ says Adriana. Pictured left to right: Perilla, mixed media on canvas, 90cm x 90cm, and Pelargonium 1, mixed media on canvas, 90cm x 90cm. View all works available here.  Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.

Artwork Caladium, mixed media on canvas, 90cm x 90cm on display in Adriana’s studio. Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.

Adriana painted the works in Sydney and her family’s farm in the Hunter Valley, as she has been preparing to emigrate to New York City. Pictured: Caladium, mixed media on canvas, 90cm x 90cm. Photo – Nikki To for The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
Monday 20th February 2017

We first discovered Sydney artist and illustrator Adriana Picker back in 2014. Instantly smitten by her meticulously detailed line work and botanical subject matter, we’ve keenly followed her career for the past three years.

Adriana doesn’t waste a moment. Since completing her studies at COFA (now known as UNSW Art & Design), she has built a seriously impressive portfolio of illustration work for clients including Absolut Vodka, Mambo, Real Living Magazine and Gourmet Traveller. She has also worked as a Costume illustrator on feature films including Australia and The Great Gatsby, where her illustrations were shown at the 2014 Academy Awards, when Costume Designer Catherine Martin won an Oscar – AMAZING!

More recently, Adriana has also created two immensely popular illustrated colouring books, ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ and ‘Where the Wildflowers Grow’, published by Hardie Grant in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Though Adriana has exhibited extensively in Sydney, we’re THRILLED to bring her work to Melbourne for the very first time. ‘A Brightness Falls’ is her first exhibition of paintings on canvas, and presents a new-found celebration of colour for Adriana, whose previous work has tended toward a more monochrome palette.

‘I wanted to explore lush, vibrant and joyously colourful plants for this show’ says the artist. ‘The large scale of these works has allowed me to focus on the texture of the foliage… This is what I am increasingly interested in exploring in my work; texture and pattern.’

A Brightness Falls is a celebration of Adriana’s life-long passion for nature and the botanical form. Often-overlooked species which Adriana affectionately refers to as ‘Nana plants’ – Nasturtiums, Pelargoniums and Bromeliads – are rediscovered in a bold, contemporary context.

All the works in Adriana’s upcoming show are now pictured on the TDF Collect website.  We are accepting pre-sales for the show from today – all enquiries please email elle@thedesignfiles.net– thankyou!

A Brightness Falls by Adriana Picker
Open from 4th to 9th March 2017
TDF Collect
14 Little Oxford St
Collingwood, VIC

Opening Saturday 4th March, 10.00am – 5.00pm with opening drinks from 2.00pm onwards!

This exhibition is generously sponsored by DuluxCervezas AlhambraCapi, and The Drinks List!

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