AB FAB: Tuggerah Lakes Art Society vice-president and stalwart Gail Brigden with one of her past Fab Fakes, The Lady in Gold by Gustav Klimt, which Sue (right) purchased for her Sydney home.
AB FAB: Tuggerah Lakes Art Society vice-president and stalwart Gail Brigden with one of her past Fab Fakes, The Lady in Gold by Gustav Klimt, which Sue (right) purchased for her Sydney home.

Remembrance of Armistice adds to Fab Fakes

IN a nod to the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, this year's Fab Fakes exhibition by the Tuggerah Lakes Art Society has an additional element, the Fab Century.

The anniversary tribute, curated by TLAS vice-president Gail Brigden, will include six Madaleine Cobb watercolour prints of Light Horsemen, the ceremonial sword, inscribed on the handle by King George, which her father-in-law, Light Horse Colonel Harry J Brigden carried in Egypt, and a life-size horse statue made entirely of horseshoes, by Yarramalong's Kenneth Smith.

It will also feature an original Dame Nellie Melba Gift Book of Australian Art and Literature dating from 1915, which she created to raise money for the war effort, among a number of century-old art books.

Fab Fakes itself is the biggest exhibition of its type in Australia.

The "fakes" are recreations of artistic masterpieces, and TLAS president Rasheeda Flight said some of this year's emulated artists included Gauguin, Van Gogh, Lautrec, Monet, Renoir and EW Schutze.

For copyright reasons artists must have been dead for at least 70 years.

Replicating the masters is no easy task, and Rasheeda admits even she is a little "hesitant" and "scared".

"It's not just copying an artwork, you're learning from the masters, and you have to be so precise," she said.

TLAS will hold workshops in the coming year to give more local artists the skills and confidence to take part in the exhibition.

Having tried to emulate Van Gogh's Starry, Starry Night, some time ago without much success, Rasheeda laughed, "I'm going to be the first one to attend!"

"Emulating the masters is recognised across the world as one of the best ways to learn art, which is why Brian Hasler started the exhibit," she said.

In its heyday, the Fab Fakes exhibit, which began in 1998 but had a hiatus for some years due to lack of venue, attracted several hundred entries from around Australia, and the TLAS hopes it will return to those glory days.

Certainly its $2000 first prize is good incentive for artists to try their hand.

The exhibition, which opened at The Art House Wyong on November 14, continues 10am-4pm until Friday, November 30.

To find out more, email Rasheeda at president@tlas.org.au or phone The Art House on (02)43351485.


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