Spirit of SA art exhibit showcases people, places and state icons to support children with cancer

Among the many most stunning lyrics in Don McLean’s music about Vincent van Gogh are people who confer with “pain-lined faces” being “soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand.”

One thing of that tender spirit is mirrored in Mark Lobert’s studio in Port Adelaide, the place, for a number of months now, a powerful act of creative altruism has been brewing.

“Hopefully we have made SA proud as a result of we’re so happy with this assortment,” Lobert stated in describing the venture.

Portray is a laborious enterprise, however these portraits and landscapes are about assuaging ache, particularly the ache of very sick youngsters.

Collectively, the 42 canvases will comprise the Spirit of SA exhibition, depicting outstanding faces, locations and icons from South Australia.

A painting of the horse-drawn tram from Granite Island to Victor Harbor.
The Granite Island horse-drawn tram is widespread with vacationers in Victor Harbor.(Equipped: Phil Hodgson and Mark Lobert)

Beginning Monday, they are going to be on show at Adelaide’s Westpac Home and auctioned on-line to boost a minimum of $100,000 for the Childhood Most cancers Affiliation (CCA), to help youngsters battling the illness.

Matters embrace rock legend Jimmy Barnes, actress Theresa Palmer, Hills Hoist, Kangaroo Island’s Outstanding Rocks, chef Maggie Beer and pop singer Man Sebastian.

There’s additionally ABC’s Collinswood Constructing, AFLW star Chelsea Randall and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

A portrait of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Born within the UK, former Prime Minister Julia Gillard moved to Adelaide at a younger age.(Equipped: Phil Hodgson and Mark Lobert)

“As a girl in politics, and basically, she’s a tremendous individual,” Lobert stated of Gillard.

“The portray that has been carried out of Barnesy is expounded to the Largs Pier Lodge.

A portrait of Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes with the Largs Pier Hotel.
Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes with the Largs Pier Lodge.(Equipped: Phil Hodgson and Mark Lobert)

“That picture must be considered one of my favorites.”

The venture has advanced collaboratively: fellow artist Phil Hodgson has labored intently with Lobert, and it’s testomony to their dedication to the trigger that they’ve each volunteered their time.

Every has introduced totally different and complementary expertise.

Hodgson’s skills embrace the power to seize the options of a human face, whereas Lobert has centered on non-human topics in addition to coloration schemes and different touches.

42 work in 30 weeks

In individual, Lobert can look a bit like a canvas: his arms are impressively inked and his paint-smeared shirt appears like a palette for mixing colours.

His studio is the artist’s den.

Adelaide artist Mark Lobert stands in front of the paintings.
Lobert’s shirt, like the ground of his studio, is conveniently smeared with paint.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Daniel Keane)

It is overflowing with brushes, paint cans, clean canvases, and work-in-progress, and its flooring is so thickly lined with pigment splatters that it appears like an instance of Jackson Pollock’s summary expressionism.

However the work themselves counsel different suitably eclectic influences.

A field of Farmers Union Iced Espresso, a packet of FruChocs and a number of frog muffins evoke Andy Warhol’s soup cans, whereas the blues and yellows of a picture of the Adelaide skyline recall van Gogh’s Starry Night time.

A painting of a pack of FruChos.
An Andy Warhol-style portray of a pack of FruChocs.(Equipped: Phil Hodgson and Mark Lobert)

“I really like coloration, I all the time attempt to chase coloration, I must have coloration round me,” Lobert stated.

Regardless of that zeal, he admits that producing 42 main works in about 30 weeks has been a problem.

A painting of Kangaroo Island's Remarkable Rocks.
Kangaroo Island’s Outstanding Rocks have been among the many Hodgson and Lobert themes.(Equipped: Phil Hodgson and Mark Lobert)

However when he admitted: “I am not going to lie, it has been very anxious,” he spoke with the smile of somebody who is aware of the end line is in sight.

“They’ve taken a very long time,” he stated.

“Initially, we have been going to begin with round 14, then it went to twenty, and 25 went to 30, then it blossomed to 38 and shot as much as 42.”

A painting from a Hills Hoist clothing line.
The Hills Hoist clothes line was produced in South Australia.(Equipped: Phil Hodgson and Mark Lobert)

‘The combat of his life’

The driving power behind the venture has been CCA media identification and ambassador Mark Soderstrom.

Media identity and former SANFL footballer Mark Soderstrom.
By auctioning the work, Soderstrom hopes to boost $100,000.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Daniel Keane)

“I assumed, we’ve got to be pleased about the place we reside, what can we do to boost $70,000 to $100,000?” he stated.

“What if we attempt to put the very best a part of South Australia on show after which public sale it off for childhood most cancers?

“They want one thing like $1.3 million a yr to run and supply their companies, so if we might make a dent in that, that might be very good.”

A painting of tuna.
The chosen subjects additionally included the Port Lincoln tuna business.(Equipped: Phil Hodgson and Mark Lobert)

Soderstrom admits he isn’t “artsy” himself, however he is impressed by the ability of artwork not solely to boost funds but additionally to supply respite.

Via CCA, he struck up a friendship with Lobert.

Their work has introduced them into contact with some heartbreaking tales.

A portrait of AFLW star Chelsea Randall.
Chelsea Randall, a three-time AFLW No. 1 participant and two-time No. 1 co-captain.(Equipped: Phil Hodgson and Mark Lobert)

Soderstrom recalled the case of Jaxon, “an extremely courageous little boy” who was receiving hospice care at Girls and Kids’s Hospital.

“He was within the combat of his life and his dad and mom referred to as him Iron Man as a result of he was so robust,” Soderstrom stated.

Soderstrom requested Lobert to color an image of the superhero for Jaxon, to hold over her hospital mattress.

“Each time he awakened, with no matter time he had left, all he might see was Iron Man.”

Relieving the burden of youngsters like Jaxon is on the coronary heart of the Spirit of SA.

“Our father handed away from most cancers,” Lobert stated.

“So each time I hear of [fundraiser] that has to do with most cancers, it is going to all the time be a ‘sure’.

“I really like having the ability to give.”

Adelaide artists Leandra McKay and Mark Lobert in Lobert's studio in Port Adelaide.
Assistant Leandra McKay and artist Mark Lobert in Lobert’s studio, the place he has been engaged on a portray of CCA mascot Elliot.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Daniel Keane)

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