unpainting.....20 April - 16 May 2021

Matthew Flinders Gallery

Combining the abstract with delicate representational watercolour landscape and other imagery, this beautiful exhibition runs April 20 - May 16.
You're invited to the opening to meet artist Ange Venardos this Friday April 23 at 6pm.
Please RSVP on 3408 9288 for catering purposes.

 

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Unpainting…….

An abstract journey into the power of colour

 

In the Western world, it is commonly held that abstraction peaked in the twentieth century, but it is here that ‘Unpainting‘ begins.

 

The act of painting seems to be a way of thinking as much as a way of making. I relish the medium’s capacity for creating absorbing visual experiences while also engaging with the past and opening it up to unexpected forms, materials and techniques.

 

Some of the works are abstract but take nature as their subject and are arguably more indebted to the history of landscape painting than abstraction. Others propose an unravelling of abstraction wherein resolutely non-representational formal considerations are able to co-exist with an abiding interest in places and bodies. In many the paint is zooming around, being decorative, being imagistic, and then the paint becomes just paint pulled down by gravity.

 

All of them convey social abstraction with an environmental or political context clinging to the edges, not straightforwardly representational, but that does not mean they are without context.