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Tag: abstract art

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Hilma af Klint

Friday, August 27th, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) may be the biggest thing to come from Sweden since Abba but she was anything but an overnight success. Originally known as a painter of relatively conventional landscapes, portraits and botanical pictures, af Klint led a double life. Her posthumous claim to fame rests on a remarkable series of spiritualist works […]

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The Unknown Masterpiece

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In Honoré de Balzac’s story, The Unknown Masterpiece (Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnu), the painter, Frenhofer, tells us: “the aim of art is not to copy nature, but to express it. You are not a servile copyist, but a poet!” This brief tale, first published in 1831, has remained a favourite of artists down the ages. The […]

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Five Artists, Seven days

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It seems like an age ago but in September 2019 I travelled with five artists and a film crew to Mount Zero Taravale in far north Queensland, a property owned by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC). We spent a week in the bush preparing for an exhibition that has just opened at Defiance Gallery, Mary […]

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Karl Wiebke, Ebony Russell, Lea Ferris & Dave Teer

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s almost impossible to imagine ‘pure’ abstraction in art but Karl Wiebke takes us to the brink. His Seven Paintings at Liverpool Street Gallery avoid all the usual associations we habitually attach to an abstract work, being not suggestive of landscapes, figures, or architectonic details such as doors or windows. So what do we see? […]

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James Rogers

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Some artists make their best impression in a group exhibition, others need a showcase to themselves. James Rogers is a sculptor who always seems to have one of the standout pieces in Sculpture By the Sea every year. I felt I knew his work pretty well, but his mid-career survey at the Drill Hall Gallery […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Teelah George, Gallery 9, Sydney

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Teelah George Lives: Northbridge, Perth & Collingwood, Melbourne Age: 36 Represented by: Gallery 9, Sydney; (Neon Parc, Melbourne) Her thing: Abstract embroideries and mixed media works. Our take. Embroidery is known as a neat and careful occupation but Teelah George has taken the medium into another dimension. Although it’s not possible to be an […]

Good Weekend Art Column

John Bartley – King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: John Bartley Lives: Scott’s Head, NSW. Age: 63 Represented by: King Street Gallery on William, Sydney (no Melbourne representation) His thing: Highly expressive abstract paintings made from shifting veils of colour. Our take. John Bartley was a late starter, beginning at the National Art School (AKA. East Sydney Tech) at the age of 30. […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Savandhary Vongpoothorn – Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Savandhary Vongpoothorn Lives: Ainslie, Canberra. Age: 49 Represented by: Niagara Galleries, Melbourne (Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney) Her thing: Abstract paintings informed by Buddhist traditions, combining minimalist geometry and calligraphy. Our take. Savandhary Vongpoothorn was eight years old when she and her family arrived in Australia as refugees from war-torn Laos. Vongpoorthorn quickly adapted to […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Ron Robertson-Swann – Australian Galleries, Sydney

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Ron Robertson-Swann Lives: Botany, Sydney. Age: 78 Represented by: Australian Galleries, Sydney (Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne) His thing: Elegant abstractions in the form of metal sculptures and vividly coloured paintings Our take. Ron Robertson-Swann has been at the forefront of Australian sculpture for almost 50 years. He was one of the youngest artists included […]

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Angus Nivison, Paul Higgs

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

If one had to nominate the most high-profile show in Sydney this week, it would probably be Patricia Piccinini’s The Gardener at Roslyn Oxley9. Touted as the most popular contemporary artist in the world in 2106, after two well-attended surveys in Brazil, Piccinini has become a favourite with the art museums. One might compare her […]