By Arnold Shore
An artist is revealed in the Jean Bellette exhibition at the Peter Bray Gallery.
The black and white land- scape (l8) sets the heart singing with its lovely tone, pattern and sense of place.
This is far the best of a sequence of Melbourne shows by Sydney artists shown re- cently.
Oils, water-colors, pastels and black and white studies attain at their best a stan- dard only vaguely suggested when the painter concerned herself too much with striv- ing after a new treatment of ancient Grecian ideals.
Some of these latter are in the show.
They do not compare with the uncatalogued "Essie Resting" which suggests a positive basis of visual ex- perience turned somewhat sketchily, to a truly poetic portrayal of rest, sleep, and dreams.
The color glow of (9) - a frieze like group of figures - makes it one of the best of the imaginative studies.
The worst of these is prob- ly (2) Its water has no level, and the wooden figures are not disturbed.
Some of the drawings have heads that do not rest on hands (23).