|Bursts of psychedelic colour, eclectic shapes and fluid forms will leap off the white walls of the Benalla Art Gallery, when the Abstract exhibition officially opens at 6pm on Saturday 19 July. |
Abstract, curated by Shanley Cleeland, Acting Artistic Director at Benalla Art Gallery, brings together the work of six important contemporary Australian artists - Sydney Ball, Dale Frank, Marc Freeman, Camille Hannah, Kirra Jamison and Noël Skrzypczak, each bringing their own distinctive and energetic style.
The works are on loan from private collections and galleries in Melbourne and Sydney.
“The 18 abstract works by these artists in a variety of media are a departure from reality into a world of thoughts and ideas expressed through a visual language of form,” Ms Cleeland said. “These artists experiment with colour and form, exploring exciting new ways of seeing and imagining.”
Ms Cleeland said that the exhibition presented an awareness of colour patterns and structures, light, texture, movement, an interplay of shapes and animate space, and their vibrancy would appeal to a broad audience.
“Literal readings of these works are near impossible and a direct and sensuous lateral view and approach is essential,” she said.
“Sydney Ball’s passion for abstract paintings sees him exploring the power of colour and to generate emotion,” said Ms Cleeland.
Melbourne artist Dale Frank creates a distinctive abstract style of swirling colours by pouring paint varnish onto a canvas, and the resulting images are bold in colour and have been described as “futuristic”.
Marc Freeman ’s compositions are based on symbolic shapes, using mixed media of acrylic, silicon, lenticular prints, chrome enamel and spray paint.”
Camille Hannah’s works are 3-dimensional pieces, with oil painted on a convex perspex, challenging the distinction between painting and photography, painting and sculpture.
Melbourne artist Kirra Jamison is known for her brightly coloured gouache and vinyl paintings that are influenced by textile design of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
The psychedelic paintings in neon hues of visual artist Noël Skrzypczak's free-form works feature fluid colours that spill, splat and mingle without becoming mud.
The Abstract exhibition will be officially opened at the Benalla Art Gallery on Saturday 19 July with drinks and refreshments from 6pm to 8pm.
For further information phone the Benalla Art Gallery on 5760 2619 or visit www.benallaartgallery.com.
Image right: Sydney Ball, Infinex #16, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 100 cm. Courtesy the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney