Demonstrating Artists 2023

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Julian Bruere

Julian is a popular watercolour teacher who draws on a variety of themes, with an attention to landscapes, alpine snow
gums, city scenes, maritime themes, figure and portraiture. As a teacher, he educates artists in the importance of drawing and structure in painting. The basic genres are explored in a low-key manner allowing artists to find their confidence with the watercolour medium as well as their style and understanding of subjects. He has twice been awarded VAS Artist of the Year, in 2010 and 2013, The Kenneth Jack Memorial Award 2010 and 2014 and the AGRA Medallion Winner. Various exhibitions including Mt Waverley, for 2013, with multiple awards for watercolour in Camberwell, Yea, Parade, and Box Hill.

Above: Wet Sands, St.Michael’s Mount

Yesim Gozukara

Yeşim’s work is about connection with nature, and constant exploration of the many creative and inspiring possibilities the watercolour medium offers. Yesim has been painting for more than 30 years while working as a senior experimental scientist. Her texture rich watercolour paintings have been featured in eight solo and numerous prestigious national and international art shows. She won many awards including the “Best Non-Traditional under $1500” category award at the CAS Online 2021 Show and the Medallion Awards at the Australian Art Excellence Awards 2018 and 2022 AGRA. She regularly provides demonstrations and runs workshops in Victoria and the interstate. She is also passionate about passing on her knowledge, teaching a wealth of watercolour techniques at the Camberwell Community Centre.

Above: Poppy Rush

Ted Dansey

Ted believes that good watercolours are underpinned by good drawing and is keen to stress the importance of the sketch book. He has held many solo and group exhibitions since 2000. Ted’s painting has taken him to the UK in 2011 and 2015, China in 2016 and Italy in 2019. He has been the recipient of a number of First Prizes in various Art Shows over the years including the Victorian Artists Society’s Artist of the Year Award for 2007 and the ANL Maritime Art Award in 2017. Ted was made a Fellow of the Victorian Artists Society in 2011 for his contribution to the Society and Art. He began teaching watercolour 12 years ago after almost 30 years experience with the medium. His teaching method is uncomplicated and concentrates on getting to know all the elements of what makes a painting from the subject to the materials. Visualising and learning what to leave in and what to leave out. To learn more about Ted and to view his work go to

Above: Calm and Relaxed, Williamstown

Ev Hales

A diverse career in the arts has seen Ev Hales develop a distinctive style especially in the water- colour medium. Her skill with a variety of subject matter and her personal vision gives her a unique place in the arts community. She has won many awards and been an invited guest artist in shows all around Australia and overseas. She began as an art teacher and has developed tutoring and mentoring skills throughout her career. Working locally, Australia wide, and internationally, she is highly valued for her generosity and clarity of communication. She had written numerous books both printed and eBooks. Currently President of the Watercolour Society of Victoria she continues a long active involvement in the arts community.

Above: Last Flight

Robert Knight

Robert Knight has painted from his Yarra Valley studio and taught for over 35 years. His prolific and fast-paced methods are his way of capturing the world around him on canvas. Working in oils, acrylics and charcoal, he conveys the essence and mood of his environment. You will find ancient trees, reflections of reeds and soaring views. Over the years he has developed and taught his contemporary method of arranging different views in the same painting using composition. Rob has regularly received awards throughout his career and has run successful workshops at the major seasonal art schools in Victoria and interstate. He has encouraged many students to find their own artistic voice.

Above: Leaf Litter

Lyn Mellady

Lyn works most frequently with the soft pastel medium using its beautiful versatility and purity to paint the character and energy of her favoured waterscapes or untamed landscapes. Her support for artists has included art gallery ownership, mentorship, and art judging. Whether tutoring in studio, online or en plein air Lyn shows how to see and use the Artist’s visual tools. Life Membership and Fellow of The Australian Guild of Realist Artists and Signature Member status of the Pastel Society of Victoria, reflect her cumulative pastel and oil art awards where her realist/impressionistic works have a visible sensitivity coming from observation and understanding of her subjects.

Above: Always Moving

Peter Smales

Peter is a talented artist and popular demonstrator with many years experience as a tutor, judge and successful exhibitor. He is a member of the prestigious Twenty Melbourne Painters’ Society and the Victorian Artists Society. His artwork has won many awards due to his skilled application of the oil medium and the lyricism of the subjects he depicts. Peter’s tonal impressionistic style is particularly suited to depicting the natural world, be it a landscape or seascape. For your enjoyment in watching this master at work, the subject of his demonstration will be a seascape.

Above: “Evening Portsea, Fisherman’s Beach

Cathy Van Ee

Melbourne oil and pastel artist Cathy van Ee is a working artist and in-demand teacher. She specialises in portraiture and landscapes, has won many prizes and been a finalist in the prestigious AME Bale Scholarship and W.A. Collie art prize. Cathy is well travelled and has completed commissions in New Zealand and Europe where she hangs in both public and private collections. Cathy is enthusiastic about sharing and passing on elements of technique in art and inspiring all her students to see the world with new eyes. She also conducts workshops and demonstrations upon request.

Above: Blue Eyed Boy—oil

Ben Winspear

I am a Melbourne based artist who works in both oil and watercolour. My work encapsulates a wide range of subject matter; anything that inspires me at the time. My paintings often run the full spectrum from purely representational through to abstraction as I seeks to develop a synthesis of both in my own unique and personal visual language to describe the world around me. My two loves though are the portrait/ figure and the Australian landscape, and I regularly paint both from life. My other passion is passing on my knowledge to my students and I work to ground them solidly in the traditions of observational drawing and painting with an informed use of quality materials. I have been painting professionally for over twenty years and have held successful solo and joint

Above: Early Morning Siquor Beach—oil Exhibitions. My awards include the Castlemaine James Farrell Self Portrait Prize, the A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize, and I was nominated for the 2016 Victorian Artist Society Artist of the Year.

Joseph Zbukvic

Joseph Zbukvic is a leading master of the watercolour medium. His impressive achievements and enormous success is due to his ability to transform any subject into visual poetic language. Covering an infinite variety of subjects, his sensitive, lyrical and atmospheric paintings have captured people and galleries from all around the world.

“I think my style is different from other painters mainly because I’m self taught and wasn’t influenced by anybody in my early days. The other reason is my ability to draw. I believe drawing is the skeleton of your work. It gives your work structure. Without it things collapse. You are left with just drips and dabs. To this I would add that my style is unique due to my obsession with tonal values. I believe tones are the ultimate tool in providing an illusion of depth in two-dimensional art, combined with edges and drawing. Colour comes last. However colour can inject amazing emotion into your work.”

Above: Afternoon Shadows, Melbourne