2-17 February

Portals + Parables

Catherine Parker and David Usher

Preview: from 11am Friday 2 February

Opening: Friday 2 February 6-8pm

Catherine Parker + David Usher both have an inherent and inescapable attachment to nature and the vastness of the internal and external landscape.

Catherine Parker

Catherine Parker continues her exploration of time and place and human relationships within nature. She believes that all these elements can co-exist freely and fluidly at once.

Through the depiction of ancient landforms the works meld the familiar with the ethereal, while vibrant colour schemes from neon pinks to deep indigos rein us into the present.

Parker invites us to traverse the landscapes within the canvas, navigating the different territories whether they are physical, spiritual, psychological, metaphorical, historical or mythological.

The viewer is invited into a nuanced space that has multiple entry points. Using landscapes as diverse as Magnetic Island, her home in Toowoomba, Queensland and the Himalayas as a starting point, Parker’s paintings present us with portals to multidimensional spaces and times, should we choose to enter.

Parallel Worlds (detail), 2017, acrylic on canvas, 96 x 120cm.


Tribal Trees, 2017, acrylic on wood

Guardian of the Forest, acrylic and ink on wood, 18 x 20cm

Spirit Walking in Parallel Time, 2016, acrylic and ink on canvas, 25 x 27.5cm

The Rainbow Portal, 2018, acrylic and ink on canvas, 25 x 30cm

Other Works

Interdimensional Doorways, 2017, acrylic and ink on canvas, 96 x 120cm

Acadia, the Forgotten Land, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 25 x 30cm

Portal to Devic Realm, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 25cm

Early Morning Through Fig Tree, acrylic on wood, 19.5 x 24.5cm

Inner Sea Portals, acrylic and ink on canvas, 30 x 37cm

Entering Spirit Territory, acrylic and ink on canvas, 18 x 23xm

The Forest Never Sleeps, 2018, acrylic and ink on wood, 25 x 20cm

There will always be Rainbows, acrylic and ink on canvas, 30 x 40cm

Portal to the Dusk Spirit, acrylic on canvas, 15 x 15cm

Monk in the Forest, acrylic on canvas, 15 x 15cm

Images courtesy of the artist.

David Usher

Usher’s current series of landscape paintings and ceramic vessels further explore memories of travelling through the Australian landscape as a child and viewing this landscape from the backseat of a moving car.

These road trips form a parable in which the blurring endless panorama can be reinterpreted through mark making, evoking a sense of the sublime.

The car window becomes a portal to mythological spaces and serves to frame the trance-like state the viewer/passenger enters as they gaze out at the seemingly limitless plains, valleys and hills.

This rushing view is broken only by the skipping dance of fences, gates, crossroads and occasional signs of life. The images that are remembered haze together into an endless landscape. Back in his studio, he recalls moments, places and encounters that can be reconstructed as art works invested with personal significance and coding.



The Cloud that Fell into the Field, 2018, oil on board, 20 x 40cm

When the sun fills your cup with daylight, 2018.

What if that tree was over there, 2018, oil on board

Portal Vessel 2 (small), wheel-thrown porcelain

Portal Vessel 5 (large), wheel-thrown porcelain


David Usher CV (selected group and solo shows)

2018 ‘Portals and Parables’ (with Catherine Parker) Airspace Projects, Sydney

2017 ‘Green Paintings in July’ (Solo show) Alexandra Lawson Gallery, Toowoomba

2017 ‘Disco Show’ (Group show) Raygun Lab, Toowoomba

2016 ‘Fastplant’ (Group show) Kontraband Studios, Toowoomba

2016 ‘Bodega- A Fun Place’ (collaboration with Ian McCallum) Alexandra Lawson Gallery

2016 ‘The Phantom Show’ (Group show) Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Toowoomba

2016 ‘Above and Below’ (Group show) Graydon Gallery, Brisbane

2015 ‘Crawling Through a Summer Night…’ (Solo show) No Comply Gallery, Toowoomba

2015 ‘Hold Still My Darling Condamine’ (Solo show) Dogwood Crossing Gallery, Miles

2015 ‘Versus’ (Group show), No Comply Gallery, Toowoomba

2014 ‘I See a Darkness…’ (Group show), Graydon Gallery, New Farm, Brisbane

2014 ‘Habitat’ (Group show), Dogwood Crossing Gallery, Qld

2014 ‘Places we leave behind….’ (Solo show), No Comply, Toowoomba

2014 ‘Group the Children…’ (‘Endless Waking’) Gallery LA, (Group show) Brisbane, Australia

2014 ‘First and Last’ MARS art space, (Group show) Toowoomba

2014 ‘Fastplant’ Skateboard (Group show), No Comply Gallery, Toowoomba

2013 ‘Wanderlust’ (Group show), Landscapes St Vincent’s Hospital, Toowoomba

2013 ‘Soul Kitchen’ – (Solo show), Raygun Lab, Toowoomba

2012 ‘Bombing the lotus…..’ (with Stephen Spurrier) Raygun Lab, Toowoomba

2012 ‘Harlaxton Quarries… (from the Blue Mountains Hotel)’ series… (Solo show) Red Door Gallery, USQ, Toowoomba

2012Art Journal Project’ – (Group show), Made Gallery, ‘BlockWork’ Gallery, Toowoomba

2011   ‘Wunder Kampf ‘(This is Big Head…), (Solo show), exploring the many secret languages of vinyl…. USQ Gallery, Toowoomba

2011   ‘Into the Realms of Madness’ – (Collaboration with Stephen Spurrier), Made Gallery, Toowoomba

2011 ‘Stations of the Cross’ – (Group show), St Ives Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia

2010   ‘On the Larapinta’ (Group show), Doggett St, Brisbane

2010   ‘You Do Bad Things to Me…’ (Solo show), Attic Space, Toowoomba

2009   ‘Currumbin Valley Suite’ (Solo show), Doggett St, Brisbane

2008     ‘On the Heysen Trail part II, (Solo show) Doggett St, Brisbane

2008     ‘On the Heysen Trail’, (Group show) S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2007    ‘Tasmania in the Company of Some major Blow-Ins’, (Solo show) Doggett St,.

2007     ‘Devils in Paradise part II….’ (Group show) Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2007     ‘Devils in Paradise….’ (Group show) Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart, Australia

2006     ‘Robot Fetish’, (Solo show) Doggett St, Brisbane

2005     ‘Moreness…’ (Solo show) Doggett St, Brisbane

2004     ‘I’m All Ears…’ (Solo show) Doggett St, Brisbane

2003    ‘Tricks of the Night…’ (Solo show) Doggett St, Brisbane

2002    ‘The Brown Town Paintings’ (Solo show) Doggett St, Brisbane

2001     ‘Death (the Last Taboo…)’ (Group show) Australian Museum, Sydney