Wontama residents to feature at regional gallery exhibition

BROTHERS IN ART: Barbara Heckenberg, Jim Heron, Philip Heckenburg and Ken Brown. 0608dcartists2
BROTHERS IN ART: Barbara Heckenberg, Jim Heron, Philip Heckenburg and Ken Brown. 0608dcartists2

THEY’VE been regular additions to Orange Show, but Uniting Wontama’s resident artists are about to take the next step and exhibit their work. 

Philip Heckenberg and Ken Brown will be featured in Here, Now, an exhibition for Central West artists at Orange Regional Gallery from June 30 to July 15. 

The pair attend Wontama’s weekly art class, led by wellness and lifestyle co-ordinator Sandra Brown.

Philip Heckenberg's artwork.

Philip Heckenberg's artwork.

Mr Heckenberg, 66, has been living at Wontama for six months with his wife, Barbara, after a life of exhibiting his abstract works in France, the US and across Australia. 

His self-portrait, called The ecstasy of my agony, the agony of my ecstasy, is at the Louvre in Paris.

His passion started young, after stealing paint from school at the age of 14 and painting a nude on a blind at home.

“I had to take it to the headmaster and it was forgotten, he sorted things out,” he said. 

“When you’re panting abstract, you need to paint as hard as you can to cut out the censor within yourself.”

Ken Brown's artwork.

Ken Brown's artwork.

Seventy-nine-year-old Ken Brown’s love of painting began just three years ago when he was offered lessons by Sue Gander and he joined the art class.

Tasting his first win at the show two years ago, Mr Brown has painted watercolour landscapes to colourful interpretations of wildlife and has won 20 awards.

“I didn’t know I liked [colour], but I like it now,” he said. 

“It’s relaxing and it whiles away some of the hours.”

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