'Printmaker Machteld Hali's explosion onto the Shoalhaven arts scene has generated a great deal of curiosity about her preferred medium: Collagraphy.'
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‘All have a touch of the artist’s own unique bawdy humour and what Ms Hali calls, ‘mythic insight’.'
‘Print imagery of deliberate simplicity that captures the frail human body in the familiar environs of the Shoalhaven.’
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'Hali creates an atmosphere so warm and supportive that a total novice can achieve more success than seems possible in a first time experience.’
'I learned more in a two day workshop with Machteld than in 2 years of HSC Art.’
'Fabulous, knowledgeable, humorous and hands on...great practical and theory teaching with excellent demonstrations’
As an artist and printmaker, Machteld has been exhibiting since 1997 and has had several solo exhibitions. She has also been involved in many group exhibitions and achieved several awards for her art.
Machteld has a marvellous understanding of the 'coloured collagraph' printing technique, which requires great dexterity and skill as well as a firm understanding of colour, tone, texture and good drawing skills. Working from her studio in Kiama, NSW, Machteld gains inspiration from
specific themes related to life experience and her extensive travel, including her recent study trips to Spain and Europe.
Adjacent to her studio is the Tempest Gallery from which Machteld conducts a program of successful exhibitions of her work and of her students and artist colleagues.
A good example of this is her recent exhibition Eggs and Tomatoes that commemorated the inspirational Aboriginal 'Freedom Ride' of 1965. Machteld was one of the original participants in this historic event.
The exhibition displayed her students' printmaking to raise funds towards a philanthropic project that has the aim of sending a young indigenous student from Moree to attend Sydney College of the Arts.
I commend Machteld for her artistic talent, teaching abilities, studio and
gallery practice and the great energy and enthusiasm that she brings to any activity she undertakes.
Dr. Tony Hull, Artist.