Exhibition is an ode to landscape

Beerwah artist to exhibit at Pomona

By Kirra Livingstone

BEERWAH landscape artist, Roger Callen, will be exhibiting at the Railway Station Gallery in Pomona, with a range of new and older pieces that span his artistic career.
Roger has always had a creative flare, whether it was his way with words crafting intriguing poetry, first starting 20 years ago, to his abstract and realism art works in various mediums, starting in 2010.
His inspiration comes from the natural world around him, particularly the Glass House Mountains.
“I have always loved nature and landscape, and after many years in geology following that interest, took up the theme in full time art practice,” he said.
“I have an equal love of plants and wildlife which is also expressed in the art.
“I feel strongly that our current lifestyles lead us to forget our debt to nature and how it sustains us, and the way the Gubbi Gubbi and Jinibara peoples cared for it.”
The art exhibition will include works painted on a range of mediums from paper, linen and even flattened cardboard boxes, and some have semi-sculptural elements.
“The works are mostly based on local places, but include some from Adyamathanha/Malyangabba country in SA (Lake Frome) and beyond, and Barundji, Budjari Kullilla and Wangkumara country in southwest Qld (Hungerford, Jackson and Grey Range),” he said.
“I often use collage and local found materials and work from sketches and photos or on site.”
Roger also thanked the wonderful staff at the Pomona community gallery, for their “excellent assistance and delightful venue”.
The show, from January 28 to Feb 28, will be opened by the Banana Shed’s new president Ron Collins at 11am.
Opening hours are 10am-4pm Tuesday-Friday and 10am-2pm on weekends.