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Jugiong Vernacular. By Brian ‘Ponch’ Wattchow for Gary Miles and his Jugiong Series

Jugiong vernacular is a rusty island fence post,

recovered from the old railway,

Which bought clattering Modernity,

To the valley and the bend in the river.

Is also an abandoned butcher’s shop,

Its skeleton walls remaining, and

Its meat hooks chiming

a sad gentle song

Is a sharp grid of canola yellow, and

a squinting bright corro-shed,

abrupt against curvaceous hills,

the seed sower gone to work another field

Is the fist walking path become a dirt track,

Become a bitumen runway, and

noisy airbrakes washing off too-much speed down the old hill,

then gears grinding up the new highway.

Jugiong vernacular

is puffy white clouds over green,

evaporating before summer yellow and, coming fast now,

Iron red horizons and skies of white heat.

Jugiong vernacular is a translucent rider at dawn

Sunlight passing right through man and horse,

The soft clop clop,

receding into the valley landscape.

It is a the valley remembered because seen

through primrose and lime wash, and

just edging above - a white cross -

Reminding us the people pray here

And quietly, softly, as the light

Passes right through him and

falls upon the canvas

We find the artist keeping alive the Jugiong vernacular.

Jugiong Series 11th May-1st June 2019

Opening Saturday 11 May 2 - 4 pm by Dr. Brian Wattchow, Outdoor Educator, Paddler, Poet and Landscape Scholar.

Jugiong Series is Gary Miles 34th Solo Exhibition. The Jugiong Series consists of 13 Mixed Media Works on Paper painted on site and 11 larger Oil on Linen Paintings painted in Miles studio. Jugiong NSW is a small historical town just off the Hume Hughway 27 kms north of Gundagai. The Jugiong Series was motivated by reading letters written between the great painters Brett Whitely and his mentor Lloyd Rees reminiscing about their Jugiong painting trip together and the inspirational landscape around that region that resulted in some of their greatest paintings. Jugiong has worked its magic on Gary Miles Jugiong Series as there is a wonderful energy and depth of colour in the paintings that evokes and emotive response


Arkaroola Two Series Exhibition 8-29th October 2016

I'll be exhibiting some of my latest work at the Hawthorn Studio Gallery.  The opening is Saturday the 8th of October from 4-6pm, where no doubt someone will make me say a few words

“This is my 33rd Solo Exhibition and my second series on Arkaroola, the first one being in 1987. This area is rich with magnificent rock formations, a land full of volcanic geological masterpieces.The mixed media and oil paintings in this exhibition depict the array of strength, colour and shape - a timeless history of the formations of ancient history.”

Gary Miles 201  

ITALIA: Venice-Rome-Calabria

21 NOV - 12 DEC

Hawthorn Studio & Gallery

In the Italian winter of 2014 Gary travelled with his family to Italy. Painting and travelling from Venice to the Southern tip of the boot, Gary took in the ashen streets of Pompei, the coast of Reggio, and the agrarian groves of small town Calabria. Seasonal in their ways, practical and non-wasting, Gary affaired with the Italian landscape and the seasonal nature of her people.  The cold spectrum of winter is splashed and stroked through Gary’s ever shifting language. From the anvils of a cautious blacksmith to roadside citrus and olive groves, the Miles vision is an intense representation of place and person.

Bella, in the steep flanks of Nicastro, Lametzia Terma (Calabria) hosted a fortnightly base. Homemade wine, the daily bread man, coffee and the afternoon shutdown during siesta shaped Gary’s time- all painted from the hatchback of a very small car. This is a departure for Miles and a series of work that has evolved the practical, parochial Australian.

Tibooburra Show

"this is the last time these works will be together as a collection" Gary Miles remarked as he surveyed the room.  It wasn't said in sadness but as an artist who knows it's time for his work to find it's own way in the world.