Black Cockatoo Gallery’s Artists

Ross Franzi brings together several artists who are inspired by the richness and beauty of our region. Originally hailing from a variety of locations around the globe, the artists explore the varied ways that visual art links to the environment at a time when there is increasing awareness of the fragility of our Earth.

Regular participating artists at the gallery include Lainie Joy, Lisa Dalla Rosa and African sculptors.

Lainie Joy

Lainie Joy was born in Melbourne and now resides in Bloomfield after many years living in London and Borroloola, a remote town in the Northern Territory. She has travelled throughout Australia, India and Europe.

Lainie studied Art and Craft at Melbourne College of Advanced Education, where she received her Bachelor of Education, Victorian College of the Arts, and obtained her Masters in Fine Art Practice (Drawing) at Wimbledon College, London.

Drawing is the focus of Lainie’s practice, maintained throughout her development working in printmaking, ceramics, textiles and computer graphics. Her artworks are finished drawings in a wide variety of media; ink, pencils, watercolour, chalk, powdered pigment … using contemporary methods as well as Renaissance techniques such as leadpoint and washes.

Her subject matter is based on the human body, often self-portraits, combined with plant, animal, insect and bird elements presenting nature and humanity in unexpected ways.

Lainie’s finely detailed work includes naturalistic studies of objects presented for the viewer to appreciate the amazing complexity and beauty of what nature creates.

Influences include European gothic and religious paintings and drawings (in particular illustrated manuscripts), Indian miniatures, botanical and zoological studies and an abiding love of the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.

Lisa Dalla Rosa

Lisa was born in Australia from Italian heritage and resides in South Australia. Lisa studied Art at Chisholm Institute and completed an Advanced Certificated in Art & Design and an Associate Diploma of Visual Arts.

Lisa is an organic painter using watercolour, inks, enamels, man-made and natural products to produce her art. Experimenting plays an important part in her work, encouraging the unexpected and fostering new discoveries. During the creative process Lisa fuses natural elements with salt as well as wax and latex for texture and resist effects.

Intense colour and texture are used to interpret the Australian environment and landscape, creating the image of a 'feeling' or 'experience' one can share. Colours are earthy and the textures add a tactile quality to the rich glazed surfaces.

Lisa is influenced by the Australian landscape and nature in general, being inspired by its beauty and spirit. She is constantly searching for new materials leading to new techniques which add refinement to established methods.

Lisa's unique contemporary style of painting suits private collectors and corporate offices, spaces, hotel foyers and boardrooms. Existing artwork pieces or commission artworks are available for clients with a taste for individual and original pieces.

More of Lisa's artwork can be seen on her website.

Other Artworks

Recycled metalwork sculpture from Africa is a feature of the gallery’s current exhibitions. The resourceful and imaginative metal sculptures depict a wide variety of unique birds and animals. The money raised from this work helps sick and injured wildlife in Africa get back into the wild.

An exquisite range of colourful glass fish which have been meticulously hand painted by Australian artists is also on display in the gallery.