Melbourne, Australia: Artist Amanda Ruck’s 18th solo exhibition, The Magic Hour, features Ruck’s beautiful, dark and broody terrestrial landscapes with vast skies full of cumulous clouds in varying shapes and forms.
Using local surrounds, this exhibition will invite viewers into crepuscular landscapes where night is either leaving the day, or descending. Trees become individuals witnessing the sky in the gloaming. Fierce with Prussian blue, Paynes grey and Midnight black, these works will hint at a light known as the magic hour.
Amanda Ruck graduated from the Canberra School of Art in 1988 with a Bachelor of Art, Visual, in printmaking and painting. Not long after graduating she moved to Melbourne and when landscapes, and particularly clouds, became a major focus Amanda seized an opportunity and moved to Healesville, in the beautiful Yarra Valley in 1998.
Since 2007, Amanda began painting in acrylic on 30x30cm canvas, creating atmospheric landscapes with sweeping skies and recently she has chosen to work on a larger scale, using clouds as a vehicle to depict the weather patterns of her heart.
The constantly busy and talented Ruck was exhibition coordinator of The Yering Station Art Gallery from 2005-2008, and also co-coordinated the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards.
On top of her 17 prior solo exhibitions, Ruck has been included in more than 20 group exhibitions in Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. She was artist in residence at Montsalvat for the month of February 2012, completing one painting a day, and ending with a suite of 28, 30x30cm works, exploring her reaction to living in this unique community.
Opening night of the exhibition will also feature wine supplied by Punt Road, cheese by the Yarra Valley Dairy, a reading by Des Mullen and music by local bad boy made good, DJ Tommy Gunn.
The Magic Hour Exhibition by Amanda Ruck – September 25th (6.00pm) to October 20 at MEMO Gallery – Main Street, Healesville, 3777.