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Signal 8: STORM    Aug 9 - Sep 10, 2012

Lionel Bawden
Epicentre, 2012
A Clear Mind
Jason Benjamin
A Clear Mind, 2012
Luxembourg Gardens Looking Down White
Paul Davies
Luxembourg Gardens Looking Down White, 2012
Marian Drew
Drake, 2012
Barrenjoey Lighthouse
Todd Hunter
Barrenjoey Lighthouse, 2012
Darren 1979
Alan Jones
Darren 1979, 2011
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The Cat Street Gallery is delighted to announce that the gallery’s annual salon show is back for a fifth year, with a special Australian twist. 'Signal 8: STORM' brings a selection of works by some of country's most prominent contemporary artists, as well as pieces from its celebrated emerging talent.

Australia continues to forge its presence in the art world today, setting an impressive standard for its contemporary artists. With long-­established national prizes, biennials, galleries and museums, it is a nation whose art is becoming increasingly recognized by international collectors. It was particularly notable this year in Hong Kong, at ArtHK 2012, that Australian galleries and artists did especially well. Many galleries sold out, and new record prices were set for some of the nation's most sought-­after artists. Buyers were snapping up works by some of the country's hottest talents, recognizing their increasing value and role in a contemporary art collecFon.

The Cat Street Gallery is proud to continue it's cultivation of a sustained dialogue between contemporary Australian artists and Hong Kong’s rapidly developing art scene. This year the gallery brings a curator's pick of yet more rich and dynamic art to the region, and for the first time since it opened, The Cat Street Gallery's iconic front glass windows will be used as part of the exhibiFon.

Archibald finalist, Juan Ford, has created a special installation for the show, which will take over the gallery -­ setting a dramatic tone for this unique exhibition. Ford's moody 'Conference of Birds', is a spectacular and arresting image, evoking dark storm clouds with the intensity of its blackest part, and a magic delicacy with its lightest, becoming all the more surreal as it wraps around the building. Inside the exhibition, the dramatic mood will continue, with bold colors, surreal shapes, multi-­media -­ whether playing on the importance of nature and landscape, as is key in so many Australian artist's work, or the notion of a convergence of ideas and talent, 'Signal 8: STORM' presents a contrasting and collaborative mix of artists, listed here for the first time:

Giles Alexander, Lionel Bawden, Jason Benjamin, Paul Davies, Daniel De'Angeli, Marian Drew, Juan Ford, Todd Hunter, Alan Jones, Tony Lloyd, Camie Lyons, James McGrath, Linton Meagher, Kirsteen Pieterse, Reko Rennie, Ward Roberts, Julie Rrap, Jason Sim, Marc Standing, Tim Summerton and Anthony White.

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