Robyn Bauer
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2015  Paradise Found - Close to Home

 

Artist Statement

Paintings of Brisbane,  - the urban and suburban landscape

I am attempting to paint the world right outside my back door. This world is naturally interpreted and filtered through everything that has made up my artist's journey to this point. It has taken my lifetime until now to realise that my true subject matter is all around me.

I live in Brisbane's Paddington, an area close to the CBD, quite hilly and dotted with original workers' cottages and steep streets. There is a semi-tropical ambience created by the abundance of greenery; fig trees, Poincianas, Jacarandas, palms, bougainvillea. The vistas in every direction are full of trees.

I see the area as a kind of living organism yet it is simultaneously very much a man-made landscape. The lives of generations are concentrated and layered. I try to include the everyday life of the streets overlaying its botany and its geography. There are beautiful moments and bizarre details; the angles of rooftops, TV aerials, fences and telephone poles.

Brisbane has a sleepy lushness. Some parts are picturesque, none are majestic or imposing, few are particularly well designed on a municipal scale, which is possibly why it is the domestic scale that interests me most, not the city or the bridges, but the verandas, the mango trees, the scrub turkeys, the Hills Hoists. And I can't resist adding a contemplative cat or bird or a strolling dog or two.

The fundamental values of an artist observing the world around them remain immutable. Baudelaire in his "The Painter of Modern Times" urged artists to look about them for their subject matter. Jeffrey Smart has stated 

"I am trying to paint the real world I live in, as beautifully as I can, with my own eye."

 

 

How Blue can a Sky be? - Queenslander
Washing Day
In the Morning Sun
Government House from Latrobe Terrace and Ellena Street.
Saturday Morning - Sunning on the Veranda
Paradise Found - Close to Home
In the Glow of the Evening - Looking from Petrie Terrace towards Bardon
Summer Rain - View from Red Hill across Paddington
Song of Joy - St Brigid's Church, Centenary 1914-2014
The Colours of Construction - View towards Torbreck from Latrobe Terrace
In the Shade of the Old Fig - Houses in Torwood
Speed Bump - Isaac Street towards St Paul's Terrace Spring Hill
City Layers - Brisbane City from Cambridge Street Red Hill
Song of Peace with Silhouette of St Brigid's
Tending the Roses - Brisbane Skyline from New Farm Park, Jacaranda Season
Two Trees - Paddington Hillside
Tree 1- Street Statesman
Tree 2 - Evening Sentry
Tree 3 - Guardian of the Morning
Racetrack 1 - The Yellow Cap, Tattersall's Day Eagle Farm
Racetrack 2 - Magic Moments
Racetrack 3 - The Mounting Yard
Racetrack 4 - Before the Race
Pocket of History - Hale Street from Suncorp Stadium
Through the Trees, from Fernberg Road to Reading Street Paddington
Jacaranda Evening -  Ewart Street Paddington
From the Veranda, Bush View towards Mt Coot-tha
Focus on the Positive - Spring Garden
Shady Veranda - Poinciana and Red Roof
Resting Pelican - Story Bridge and Jacaranda
Playing in the Spectacle Garden - Roma Street Parkland
Bright Morning - Vet on Enoggera Terrace
A3 Digital Print of Paradise Found - Close to Home