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Bill’s students on show at Hazzard Gallery

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Artist and teacher Bill Bonner at the Queensland School of Fine Art.

This week students of Bundaberg's Queensland School of Fine Art will showcase their work in an exhibition collective at the Hazzard Gallery.

A range of artwork, which has been created by the students of local teacher and artist Bill Bonner, will be on show.

Bill opened the Queensland School of Fine Art in 1995 and has had hundreds of students pass through the doors in those 27 years.

Some have gone on to enjoy success in the art world – entering competitions, winning prizes and selling their work.

Bill said he was extremely proud of his students' achievements and the upcoming exhibition would be a great opportunity to showcase their range and talent.

“A lot of them have gone on to become professional artists in their own right,” he said.

“It makes me very proud.”

Bill's teaching method is one that gives anyone of any skillset an even playing field.

He starts his lessons by showing his students how to use graphite and light and dark to create three dimensional images.

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Artist and teacher Bill Bonner at the Queensland School of Fine Art.

Soon after, students are drawing old buildings and completing portraits.

From there colour is introduced and students are encouraged to try different mediums and also find their own style.

Bill's teaching comes from his own passion as an artist.

In his career he has exhibited his work, winning prizes and awards, has also sold his art around Queensland and completed commissions that have gone interstate and overseas.

“As a kid I always wanted to draw people and now I concentrate mostly on portraiture and wildlife,” he said.

“I do a lot of commission work and I was once commissioned to do the police dogs portraits here.”

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Big Red by Bill Bonner.

The upcoming exhibition at Hazzard Gallery, titled Artistic Journeys with Bill, will open on Friday 14 October at 95C Walker Street from 6 pm.

The exhibition will remain open on:

  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 from 9 am until 3 pm
  • Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 from 9 am until noon
  • Saturday 22 from 9 am until 3 pm
  • Sunday 23 from 9 am until noon

More art news: In Our Gallery with Marilyn Batty

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