Bluethumb Pop-Up Gallery at Melbourne Fringe​

Next week, online art gallery Bluethumb are hosting their first Melbourne pop-up gallery as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. The showcase is an eclectic mix of both emerging and established artists from Bluethumb’s open art marketplace. Intriguingly, attendees can buy works exhibited using their free app, Bluethumb – Art Unearthed, the first art app of its kind in Australia and awarded Best Shopping App in last year’s Australian Mobile & App Design Awards. We caught up with some of the artists involved to find out more.

let it happen by Loui Jover

Loui Jover is one of the new generation of artists killing it on social media. With nearly 34k Facebook fans and 12k Instagram followers, Jover’s mix of striking visuals and storytelling has given him an ever growing and captivated online audience. His recent series of emotive portraits of women using a limited colour palette has been especially popular. “Right now I like making ink drawings on adhered together sheets of vintage book paper”, explains Jover, “there’s a fragility to these images that I find interesting – as if the wind may blow them away at any moment – and the hand drawn stark black lines against the intricate printed words of the book pages offer a strange fusion and depth.”

Swallow by Sarah Gosling

Emerging experimental artist Sarah Gosling is definitely one to watch. Playing with a vast range of textures and exploring our relationships with other species, Gosling’s work produces striking, thought-provoking visuals. “My canvases are dominated by human and animal figures in varying states of interaction, some neutral but recurrently in conflict”, says Gosling. “There is often an element of combativeness amongst the figures which is inspired by my interest in violence and the body. I strive to create a visual language through painting which stimulates, engages and unsettles the viewer.”

bike-against-fence by Matthew Broughton

Graphic artist, printmaker and illustrator, Matthew Broughton, is exhibiting a series of work that captures iconic and familiar Melbourne scenes. Everyday life, nature and the urban environment inspire him and his main medium is linocut and wood cut prints. “This is a very time consuming process”, says Broughton, “but it’s such a rewarding way to work.”

Also featuring artists Annette Spinks (Feature Image), Jac Clark, John Graham and Cameron Holmes.

Bluethumb Pop-Up Art Gallery

Venue: Outdoor Gallery at The Boardwalk Republic, the Southside HUB garden for Melbourne Fringe Festival, Gasworks Arts Park
Opening Night: Tues 22nd Sept @7pm
Date: Tues 22nd Sept – Sat 26th Sept 2015
Times: Tues to Thurs: 5pm – 11pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm to 11pm



James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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