Germein Art Focus Group shines in Port Augusta

ART: Germein Art Focus Group Artists Neil Hann, Inneke van den Hout and Jan Pana standing beside fellow Artist Mark Herburt's Acrlic on Canvas at the Image Gatherers Exhibition Launch on Saturday, March 18.
ART: Germein Art Focus Group Artists Neil Hann, Inneke van den Hout and Jan Pana standing beside fellow Artist Mark Herburt's Acrlic on Canvas at the Image Gatherers Exhibition Launch on Saturday, March 18.

The Germein Art Focus Group lit up the Port Augusta Cultural Centre with the launch of its exhibition, Image Gatherers, on Saturday, March 18.

Three of the group’s five artists, Neil Hann, Jan Pana and ineke van den Hout attended the exhibition which displayed the group’s large and colourful compositions.

The artwork represented images gathered from travels both locally and abroad which sat beside finely detailed observational drawings of immediate environments.

Germein Art Focus Group Artist Neil Hann said it was a proud day for the group which has exhibited widely across the state from Murray Bridge, Port Adelaide and Roxby Downs.

He said he doesn’t like putting a name to his unique style that uses many different techniques, but did give an insight.

“It’s probably closer to symbolism than any other movement in that there’s a simplicity … even with a complex landscape, and there’s a decorative approach to the work,” Neil said.

You can see that I’m mainly a landscape painter but not totally restricted to it, I have a very unique style that is based on the modern styles of the twentieth century

Germein Art Focus Group Artist Neil Hann

Port Augusta based artist ineke van den Hout’s artwork was inspired from a recent trip to Turkey.

She stayed in Turkey for three months and one part of her visit included learning about Sufism.

It’s often described as ‘Islamic mysticism’ and involves a mystical trend in Islam characterized by particular values, ritual practices, doctrines and institutions.

She said it was an amazing experience and that it’s a ‘big privilege’ to be part of the Port Germein Art Focus Group.

“First of all, I fell in love with the people of Turkey, and I went to Konya where the Sufism started,” ineke said.

“So I wanted to learn how to do that but it was one of the most beautiful countries in the world and I really enjoyed my time there.

And she encouraged all regional artists to take up art 

“There’s no big difference between artists and non-artists, artists just play and non-artists think they’re grown ups when they don’t have to be,” she said.