The Artist's Wall
The Artist's Wall is a space we have dedicated to both established and up and coming artists in our community.
Each month Picton Social features a new artist's artwork which can simply be admired while enjoying our great food and great coffee but more importantly it can be purchased directly from the cafe.
If you are an artist looking to showcase your masterpieces and would love to gain a little more exposure, simply contact us via email email@example.com - we are always on the look out for new artists.
Jess Hutchison | Artist
Since introducing The Artist's Wall, many of our patrons have been treated to pieces by the ever so talented Jess Hutchison. Jess' artwork is a permanent fixture in the cafe. Her bright and colourful prints adorn our bar area and have been very popular amongst our customers. All Jess Hutchison art on display in the cafe is available for purchase, inclusive of frame.
:: A little bit about Jess ::
Jess Hutchison is a self-taught artist based on the South Coast of NSW. She grew up in the Illawarra and now resides in the Shoalhaven.
Inspired by her surroundings, and with a deep love of colour, her vibrant artworks feature some of Australia's most colourful flora and fauna. She paints in a unique style that blends realism with quirky, loose and colourful lines - and she adds her signature linework eye detailing to most of her birds (a throwback to her make-up artistry background).
Working primarily with acrylic and Posca markers on canvas, she hopes to create a connection and evoke a sense of calm and happiness through her art.
This Month's Featured Artist:
Introducing our March Artist of the Month: Alexander R Purton
His great-granddaughter Carolyn Shiels shares his bio:
" Alexander R Purton was born in 1880 in Victoria, the son of Mary and William.
He married Ida Elizabeth Gowan Green in Melbourne, Victoria, on 26 December 1900 when he was 20 years old and they had two children together. Norman was born in 1904 and Mona was born in 1905. Mona was my Paternal Grandmother.
Mona married George Shiels who was a NSW Mounted Police Officer. She met George whilst her father Alexander and her were out on their motorbikes in Centennial Park. Alexander stopped to paint and George rode up on his police horse to tell them to move the bikes off the lawn.
My dad Bruce had many childhood memories of him taking him on the back of his motorbike down to Heathcote and other busy areas such as Oatley Park to paint. He was essentially a ‘traveller’ which was a ‘door to door salesman’. He would sell his paintings door to door and also to department stores such as ‘Anthony Hordens’ in Sydney.
He painted mainly in Sydney, Sutherland Shire, around the Georges River and Burragorang Valley. He also painted a collection of the Central Coast. He spent time in New Zealand visiting his grand daughter Leslie where he painted a large collection as well.
In the last years of his life he lived with Mona at Five Dock. He was terminally ill with stomach cancer, and in the last years of his life painted some lovely water views from the kitchen window of that home.
He died on 5 September 1959 in Balmain, New South Wales, at the age of 79."
Picton Social thanks Carolyn Shiels for allowing us to exhibit the extraordinary work of her great grandfather.
The exhibition is not priced but the owner will consider all reasonable offers. Please speak to staff at Picton Social if interested in purchasing a piece.
Throughout her life, Catherine has been inspired by textile crafts and our natural environment.
She has explored crafts such as knitting, crochet and macramé and she is passionate about using natural products in order to create beautiful home décor.
Macramé uses various knotting techniques to create geometric and free-form patterns. In her macramé pieces, Catherine often uses cotton and wood in her designs and, where possible, uses locally sourced materials.
Catherine crafts ready-made pieces for purchase, however will create custom designs when asked by clients. She also offers workshops where she teaches participants the skills needed to make various macramé pieces.