Husband and wife team up for residency at Midland Junction Arts Centre


Midland Junction Art Centre artists in residency Louise and Dion Hamill.
Midland Junction Art Centre artists in residency Louise and Dion Hamill.

HUSBAND and wife Dion and Louise Hamill have teamed up to exhibit their artwork inspired by nature and science fiction at the Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC).

The pair are artists in residency at the exhibit space on Great Eastern Highway until Friday and have combined their paintings and sculptures for the instalment.

As a commercial illustrator, Mr Hamill has created landscape paintings using acrylic paint which are influenced by natural surroundings and science fiction themes.

While Mrs Hamill, a contemporary artist, has made small mixed media sculptures of minerals inspired by her dreams, the supernatural and nature to complement her husband’s paintings.

Mrs Hamill, whose earliest memory of making art was painting with her hands at the age of four, said being able to collaborate with her husband was a unique experience.

“It is such a great opportunity to be apart of something creative in our community and the art centre has this wonderful atmosphere,” she said.

Mr Hamill agreed and said he was “very honoured and extremely happy” to share the experience with his wife while working in a “truly inspiring” space.

The children’s book illustrator, who remembered tracing pictures in books from when he was five, said he was most inspired by music, films, other artists and nature.

However, he doesn’t hold too much emphasis on how he wanted his work to inspire others.

“If people look at my art and it evokes an emotion that can have a profound effect on them, then I’m happy,” he said.

“But if they look at it and just see something cool, that’s fine with me too.”

Mrs Hamill, who is inspired by “strange and beautiful elements of nature”, said she wanted to transcend people into a space where they could use their imagination like a child.

“I hope people can forget their lives for a bit and recapture their sense of wonder for nature and the greater unknown,” she said.

“Those feelings we would have as children.”

MJAC is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

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