An Exhibition of Recent Paintings
1st – 27th April 2014
In this series of paintings I am drawing upon the Maribyrnong Valley for inspiration. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, the valley offers some dramatic vistas – sweeping plains, plunging gorges, layers of geological history on view.
The other reason is more abstract; the valley holds many secrets. There is ancient archaeology, mega-fauna fossils, remnant vegetation areas, Ice-age human habitation, modern industry and residential development.
The current series of paintings offers attempts to re-imagine previous epochs and re- create the landscapes of the past, and to depict some extant places that have lost their special nature and slipped into the realm of the “forgotten”; for example, an ochre mine in Brimbank Park. Because of the imaginative nature of the work, I have chosen to use the word “Fantasy” in the title of the exhibition. This work is informed by my studies of the local indigenous endemic flora and fauna, archaeology and geology. I find that the general community is often not aware of these facets of their local environment and art is a way of bringing a greater awareness and appreciation of the places where we live.
As an adjunct, I often use “found” surfaces to paint on: boards, pieces of cloth, even old discarded artworks, often found as dumped rubbish or destined for landfill. These surfaces have a message in themselves. They have a history of use and abandonment, and are symbolic of the undervalued nature of our immediate environment. Some of this series of paintings will be on such found surfaces. Some of the paintings are in a “Cubist” style – itself a forgotten mode of art.
Enjoy the pictures.