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Bird's Gallery Exhibitions

  • Bird's Gallery 236 High Street Kew, VIC, 3101 Australia (map)


Madeleine Thornton-Smith’s work is unique, playful and modern. She originally trained as a painter and approaches ceramics in a different way to traditional artists, treating her pottery as a ceramic ‘canvas’. Based in Melbourne, Madeleine completed an Honours of Fine Art at Monash University in 2014. She also obtained a Bachelor in Arts and Visual Arts majoring in Creative Writing and Painting. In 2015 she commenced a Diploma of Ceramics at Holmesglen. She has exhibited her ceramics and painting in multiple exhibitions across Melbourne. Madeleine is inspired by colour, landscape, organic flowing forms and patterns. After spending many years working in art programs for people with disabilities, Madeleine is a strong believer in the power of art as a catalyst for growth and positive change in the community.



Giedra Purlyte  was born in Kaunas, Lithuania .Studied in Kaunas at a four-year art school and Stepas Žukas School of Arts. In 1996 graduated from the Kaunas Academy of Fine Arts. Giedra had over 25 personal exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad and taken part in many  group exhibitions and international symposiums. She currently lives and works in Vilnius. A member of Lithuanian Artists’ Association from 2012.

“Creativity to me is a bridge between the real image and dreams. They are connected or separated by light. Dulled by morning sun or evening fog, permeating through a slot or a gap between curtains. Fragile, omnipresent. Light is not possible without a shadow.

Light and shadow – their relationship, their interaction with color is the object of my observation and a puzzle that I am trying to solve. The desire to paint is born out of a desire to hide in a room longing for the light, to sharpen the blade of softness by touching canvas with the brush. Gently and quietly in order not to scare anyone. To glow. Silhouettes of clear thought and blurred images. Without sunglasses, walking barefoot on the lake, asking someone to give me a Tulip, and going blind from the green glow in the evening of a green day.

Soaking up summer colors, watching orange rain, trying to sort clouds and the wonder of the world, which is blue like an orange. I’m still playing “hide and seek” with colors. They feel crazy like little naughty girlfriends.They surround me everywhere and always accompany me. Even in dreams.”


JOHN SANTUCCI | new paintings

"When we moved from Melbourne to Byron Bay a few years ago my work was mainly focused on surreal cityscapes and whimsical caravans, new surroundings launched thoughts of new directions. I didn’t want to pursue the obvious seascapes and lighthouses, instead I chose a subject that was quite literally staring me in the face.
Our garden was somewhat basic, but Byron’s weather means vegetation grows fast, really fast!

We planted madly, and this series is inspired by the fruits of that labour- a serene contemplation of form composition and natures incredible beauty.” John Santucci