Past Exhibition: Group Exhibition 2016
Skye Jefferys is a visual artist based in Singapore. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication from Monash University and began a Graduate Certificate in Visual Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. She committed to her artistic practice long before her first solo show in 2013 at the Canberra Contemporary Artspace in Australia and has subsequently exhibited in Sydney and Melbourne. Skye is drawn to the concept of limitations, whether real or imagined, and how we respond to these. Her vivid paintings are tumultuous – perhaps joyful, perhaps chaotic, or caught in a dance that swings between the two. Saturated with colour and robust with paint, the works would seem dense but for a gestural dynamism that defies the ground and implies a shimmering limitlessness. Representation isn’t missed and can’t be found, despite the occasional unfurling of a line that teases with suggestion of form. Instead it reveals the quiet pleasure of mark-making – the sumptuousness of paint under brush; The tremble and slip, the dabbing and sploshing, the wandering sweeps. Pure painting, straight up.
“I aim to create paintings that might breathe beyond the works’ boundaries. Where it is frameless, edgeless, limitless. This is achieved by working primarily on un-stretched canvas on the floor, continuously moving around and around as the work unfurls and takes on a life of its own. Base layers are loaded with paint, and done so vigorously, but there is no sense of top or bottom. The surface is slowly built upon so that some layers remain visible, others are hidden. Artistically, my concern is to create beauty, energy and vitality through a deeply expressionistic process that transcends any sense of place, time and space and evokes an emotional response in the viewer.”
Louise is a Melbourne based artist originally from the beautiful green hills of the Byron Shire. Louise works predominantly in painting and is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at RMIT University.
“My current work draws from old family photographs and sourced images to create layered works that comment on the passing of time. The paintings are slowly built up through a layering of transparent washes of colour and textural mark making. There is an aspect of incompletion that enables them to hover between representation and abstraction. Through my work I aim to investigate the medium of painting as producing its own meaning and eschewing the constraints of linear time. Source photographs from both personal and public archives are used to construct potentially fictional (yet equally real) histories or narratives within works that are not anchored in either past or present, but exist rather in a durational state of flux. My paintings draw inspiration from a wide range of sources, including Henri Bergson’s philosophy of time, Modernist literature such as In Search of Lost Time by Proust, and contemporary female painters Mamma Andersson and Njideka Akunyili Crosby.”
Tasmanian born artist Shane Drinkwater has exhibited widely within Australia and overseas. He studied at the University of Tasmania, School of Art in Hobart and the National Art School in Sydney. Shane has lived in Queensland since 1994, after time spent in Paris: as recipient of the Alliance Française/Australia council fellowship he had access to studio space near the Bastille for 4 months in 1988. He stayed on another 6 years.
When talking about what painting means to him, Drinkwater states: “Painting is something I’ve always needed to do and I’m enjoying it more and more: it’s the joy of putting colour ,shape and gesture on a surface. I’m interested in the making! I delve into the act of painting with a minimum repertoire of visual elements aiming for a maximum visual intensity. Ideas and images appear through the making of the work, language becomes unnecessary, I let the work speak for me.”
“My work for this exhibition reflects a recurrent process in my work: a composition of circles, lines, dashes, using repetition to create patterns.”