Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gabrielle Jones

"This too Shall Pass" 2010
122cm x 122cm 
Oil on canvas

Gabrielle Jones has a series of gorgeous works on display at the Goulburn Regional Gallery. The show is called 'Paint as Landscape' and the works ooze movement and light. I love the way paint is used to capture a fleeting moment, a memory of a sensory perception. Paint is applied generously and in equal measures of thick and thin so that the works breathe. 

I am interested in the slippage between the real and illusion, fast and slow, movement and static; the point in which nature disintegrates or decays (and the decay of the image); the time between light and dark; and nature as a site of flux and impermanence - that is, the transience of the real. - Gabrielle Jones 'Paint as Landscape' 2010 catalogue.

Gabrielle Jones has produced a very strong body of work and it is so gratifying to see this dedicated painter hitting her stride. Do yourself a favour and go see for yourself. The show ends December 4th.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ben Young

Homo Sacer 2009
Oil on Linen
117 x 117 cm

Imp Castrato 2010
Oil, Collage, Permanent Marker & Oil Stick on Canvas
100 x 100 cm

Reactionary Primitive 2010
Oil, Collage, Oil Stick & Spray Paint on Canvas
100 x 100 cm

Passion, paint; more passion, more paint. I'm happy to have stumbled on Ben Young's energy soaked work. Check more of it out here.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lesley Vance

Untitled (41), 2010
oil on linen
27.9 x 22.9 cm

I came across Lesley Vance's work a while ago. They are moody dark, velvety abstract compositions. Veils of paint are densely layered and appear to be applied in a variety of ways. They remind me of Caravaggio doing abstraction.

In her own words: My paintings originate from still lives of natural forms composed in the studio: I put together an arrangement of objects from my collection in a box where I control lighting by cutting openings for light to shine through. I'll paint this image, and once it reaches a certain point of resolution, the composition begins to evolve and I'm no longer looking at the source material. From there the the surface becomes a malleable space as the objects dissolve into pure form, although traces of the original image frequently remain in the finished work....

read more here about Vance's intelligent and intriguing process as well as her varied influences.

I love the process Vance uses and the results are gorgeous jewel-like paintings.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sabine Tress

Dresscode 2010
acrylic and spraypaint on canvas

Gunx 2010
acrylic on canvas

Whenever I see new work by Sabine Tress I feel like a kid in a lolly shop. I swoop on it, devour it and feel totally satisfied from the experience. Sabine is a painter who continues to surprise me. She has an ability to approach paint with the skills of an inventor - continuously exploring, playing and experimenting with colours and applications. I'm loving the continued investigation of a raw graffiti style, evidenced by the gutsy use of spraypaint. See her new website here.

Anthony White

50 x 50cm
oil on linen

A show of Anthony White's will be held in 2011, which I'm looking forward to. I've posted about Anthony's work before purely and simply because I love his obvious passion for paint. He will be taking up a residency at The Leipzig International Art Programme. Lucky him! I can't wait to see what he produces.
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