All The Pretty Little Things

Sprites, Masks and Totems for the Western Grasslands


Paul Kalemba’s Latest series of illustrations explores postcolonial ecologies in Melbourne’s western grasslands. Like many of his works on paper, this collection of watercolours takes inspiration from the natural sciences, as well as Kalemba’s attempts to connect to country as a first generation Australian. Each still life tells an ecological story of a place with an ominous take on observational drawing.

The body of work, while alluding to the accuracy of natural history illustrators, seeks to defy the isolated, clinical study of species and investigate the broader colonial narrative it represents. Whilst addressing the serious subject-matter of colonisation and extinction, the show aims to both celebrate and elevate the subtle yet amazing natural spaces within Hume’s boundaries, with a loose focus around the grasslands within the broader Sunbury region.

Paul Kalemba, is a Visual artist, Natural History Illustrator and Animator. Since being awarded Honours in Digital art and Multimedia from VU and Master of Visual from the Victorian College of the Arts, Kalemba’s traditional and digital media work has been exhibited in Australia, Korea and Germany. Through working with Parks Victoria, The Department of Primary Industries, and the Australia Council for the Arts, Kalemba has undertaken cross disciplinary projects and arts residencies. He has produced temporary public sculptures for City of Melbourne, and Hepburn Shire and his drawings, sculpture and mural work are represented in Private, Public and Institutional Collections.

Thursday 6 April - Sunday 28 May, 2017

Opening event: Wednesday 5 April, 6 - 7.30pm

Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn

Monday – Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 1pm - 4pm

*Not open on public holidays



Updated : 2:50 PM, 13 August 2018

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