New studio, gallery and late night society coming to Byron Bay
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After decades in San Diego, renowned Australian artist Concetta Antico is unveiling her unique Byron Bay studio and gallery on August 1.
Situated on picturesque Tooraloo Farm, the Concetta Antico Gallery will be an otherworldly escape for art lovers and the ever-curious. Visitors will be met by opulent furnishings and the artist’s hyper-coloured oil-on-canvas artworks, influenced by her confirmed tetrachromacy - ability to see up to 100 times more colour than the average person.
“Although I love the energy of cities, nature has always been threaded through every home and space I’ve created, and much of my artwork. Purchasing Tooraloo in 2013 before I’d ever laid eyes on it - and now making it home - might have seemed unexpected to some, but Byron Bay feels like an inevitable evolution for me,” Concetta said.
“It’s an amazing hub of art and personal self expression, the perfect place to explore new projects, and I look forward to sharing my own creative flavour with locals and tourists.”
Titled ‘Celestial Stardust,’ the gallery’s launch event and debut exhibition - and Concetta’s first in almost a year - is an exploration of the unknown, inspired by her lifelong awe of space. It’s also a fitting theme as she steps into this new chapter.
“When I was a child, my Mother used to point out the stars and planets - calling it all ‘fairyland’ - so the night sky has always been a mysterious other dimension for me. Untouchable and unbelievably exciting, like the fairy realms of my childhood,” Concetta said.
“My new gallery represents a portal to ongoing creativity for me. Another world I’m creating and looking forward to sharing with others, filled with beauty, imagination and enchantment.”
With Concetta still creating pieces for the show, visitors can expect to see up to 16 brand new, cosmic-inspired oil paintings, alongside some of her signature peacock imagery. Her distinct style is known for her unexpected use of colour, with an Impressionist lean.
“My gift allows me to see the myriad of colours in everything - the subtle nuances that others might miss on the glint of a feather or in the depths of the night - and be able to accentuate that on canvas, unlocking a bit more of our world for the viewer,” Concetta said.
“I’m a night owl, and I’ve found myself missing late night cafe society with good conversations long after midnight. The Visionary Lounge will recreate some of that energy here.”
The Concetta Antico Gallery will be open on Saturdays and Sundays thereafter. Small-group painting lessons (following the methodology Concetta has used to teach over 25,000 students) will commence from September 7.
For more information visit concettaanticogallery.com
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