I have called this exhibition Brisbane Stories because although it builds on my last show "Paradise Found - Close to Home", the really new thing about this recent work is the narrative or story element I have tried to include. There are a lot more figures in these paintings and instead of just showing different scenes of Brisbane I have made LIFE my main focus. The lives of the people, the trees, the animals.
I have tried to indicate this response to life by trying to reflect a sense of a real place and a real time with real actions taking place. I believe you can get to the "universal" through the "specific" and by studying my own location so closely, I feel I can read its body language and try and interpret that for my viewers.
I am a great walker and I work on location quite a lot. I notice things and I appreciate the humour and pathos in the everyday. I have not shied away from including the street "furniture" of signage, overhead wires, and things that many perceive as ugly or "in the way" of a picturesque view. I also observe light and what it does to objects. To me the tonal qualities are more important than the colour, and the negative spaces between people and objects are vitally important. - like the spaces and silences in music.
I have great love of Brisbane and this exhibition is a celebration of life here. I have included aspects of the suburbs, the river, and the city landscape. Through all this I have tried to give a sense of what lies beneath, the land itself, with its flora and fauna.
This year 2016, I had the opportunity to be Artist in Residence at the Brisbane Ekka. I approached this residency in the manner outlined above. The work done on location at the Ekka will form part of this exhibition also, although the 45 works on paper are not illustrated here. They can be seen on my blog.
You can click on this link on to see the Ekka works on my Blog.
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