Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mali Morris

Bird Ghost - 2007
122 cm x 153 cm
acrylic on canvas
Image: courtesy of artist

Buried Scarlet - 2009
26 cm x 31 cm
acrylic on canvas
Image: courtesy of artist

It's official. It seems I have been living under a rock - otherwise, how else is it possible for me to have missed the wonderful, luminous works of the London painter Mali Morris. Really, these are so breath taking. Look at them; simple, clean colours that sing, generous brush work, fresh surfaces that are deep enough to dive into, yet never overworked - these are the works of a longstanding gifted and intelligent painter; they provoke a conversation between the viewer and the paint.
Predominately working small with acrylic on canvas, Mali Morris' process might resemble that of an excavator - starting with the application of rectangles of colours, overlaying these with lush broad strokes of colour glazes and then wiping away parts to reveal what lies beneath. With her process Mali Morris seeks to find rather than add colour. It's a delight to see a painter who can balance bright geometric forms with gestural abstraction and be able to pull the two formal elements together with such ease. I'm so enthralled that I've immediately ordered the latest issue of Turps Banana which features an essay about Mali's work by Peter Suchin. (There's also an interview with Thomas Nozkowski!)

Mali Morris is a painter who makes you think about paint, and whose paint asks you to think about light. She is not concerned with making paintings represent recognisable objects, but the world, through light effects, is in her paintings... Her paintings are alive not just to a history of abstraction, but in a dialogue with her own method of experimentation. The issues seem to be light and rhythm, and what painting is - From the catalogue essay ‘Strange Links: Giude to Morris'2008, by Matthew Collings, artist, writer, critic & broadcaster; author of This is Civilisation 2008 Read more here
I could not have put it better myself.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Anthony White

Anthony White



oil on linen
51 x 51cm
Image from: Iain Dawson Gallery

Anthony White's Paris Paintings are on show 2 - 13 Feb 2010 at Iain Dawson Gallery, Sydney.

'The work in this exhibition was made in residence at Australia's Storrier Onslow Studio, at the Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris. This studio award, enable me to paint and live in Paris for three months.

The architectural surfaces of Paris are laden with centuries of graffiti, posters, filth and humanity. The works draw upon these references and the sense of transience, the passing of time, the organis and the antique' Anthony White - 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A muse - part 2

Al Taylor

MTAMBO: A Trap with a Spring Action

Acrylic paint on linen-backed paper
(24.8 x 20.3 cm)
Image from: David Zwirner Gallery - New York

Monday, January 11, 2010

A muse

Art to gaze at; soak in.
First up ....

Howard Hodgkin
Embrace, 2008-2009
Oil on wood
10 1/4 x 12 3/4 inches (26 x 32.4 cm)
Image from: Gagosian Gallery - New York

Christopher Wool



Enamel on linen

320 x 243.8 cm

Image from: Galerie Max Hetzer - Berlin

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