13 Jan Art as therapy
I posted an article and link today on Kuoni Gallery’s facebook page about 87-year-old artist, Yayoi Kusama. The Japanese artist has been creating art every day for 70 years and has used it to cope with ongoing mental health issues, including hallucinations. Her “infinity room” installations have been featured in her solo exhibitions around the world. These give people an insight into how she sees the world as well as portraying the wonder and beauty she appreciates, thereby giving others the opportunity to see and feel the therapeutic benefits of art through her end product.
The video is available here, thanks to The guardian:
I was then looking through an article I’d written about local and well-known Australian artist Bill McSwain, who will be teaching a comprehensive drawing course here at Kuoni, starting in February and running through to April.
For Bill, art also has enormous therapeutic benefits which enabled his recovery from serious illnesses–prostate cancer and a quadruple bypass. These are his words:
“I worked in my studio whilst undergoing radiotherapy and found that, while I’ve always loved art and reveled in the creativity, it became much more than that. Art became an enormous therapy and I believe it got me through cancer and also aided my recovery from heart attack. Now I’m a fit and healthy 74-year-old with many years ahead of me.”
Bill’s drawing course runs for 10 weeks with small classes to ensure individual attention and quality outcomes. Students will learn all aspects of the art of drawing, including portraiture, figure drawing, landscape, perspective, architecture and more. the tricks of the trade will be covered, as well as application of composition, line, shading and texture. Bookings can be made here: https://www.kuonicreative.com.au/product/drawing-course-with-bill-mcswain/
As an artist and ceramicist, Bill McSwain’s work is featured both here and overseas. He has featured in solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
During his extensive career, Bill travelled to Europe and Great Britain, working and teaching in Scotland and painting at the National Gallery of London, Old Masters. He completed a teaching degree on his return to Australia, subsequently teaching art in Victoria and South Australia, in both public and private schools and adult education institutions.
Bill has also taught drawing and painting at T.A.F.E and curriculum studies to primary and secondary teachers at Sturt C.A.E. After travelling to and living in the South Pacific, he worked as an art teacher in Nauru and Kiribati.