WORK in progress in parts of Newcastle have served as the basis for works of art.
Hunter artist Rachel Milne's works, including capturing construction in Iris Capital's East End development, will go on show as the artist's first major solo exhibition at Newcastle Art Gallery.
The exhibition, Nest, is billed as providing a snapshot in the city's evolution that highlights the beauty of everyday objects.
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Milne's body of work, including landscapes and portraits, also features work completed when she was the artist in residence of the former David Jones building when it stood abandoned.
Born in England, Milne shifted to Newcastle in 2013. She won the Singleton Portraiture Prize that year and is a three-time Kilgour Prize finalist.
She was shortlisted in the Art Gallery of NSW Wynne Prize twice and has work in Newcastle, Maitland and Bathurst collections.
Newcastle Art Gallery director Lauretta Morton said Milnes works were a wonderful example of intimism, a genre that shows the beauty in the mundane.
"Milne's observational paintings depict ordinary objects like a child's pram, a chair from her studio or food she has prepared. Paintings of local public swimming pools depict nostalgic scenes that have remained unchanged for years," Ms Morton said.
"The exhibition also includes recently created works of art by Milne on display for the first time. A series of paintings set in Newcastle artists' cooperative, Creator Incubator, provide insight into a vibrant creative arts community set in a large industrial space, now re-purposed and part of Newcastle's ever-evolving history."
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