Exhibition: Mark Cairns, Blue Latitude
At Big Boom
Mark Cairns has a natural affinity with the ocean. The horizon, a constant conceptual meditation nestled amongst cascading scales of blue. Cairns cleverly leads our gaze as we are drawn into direct contemplation of seascape occupied in unison with man-made constructs.
Blue Latitude is a body of work in which Cairns uses focal points of difference to underscore compositional experimentation. It is evident that he began his artistic journey in the articulate world of graphic design as balance, contrast and detailed execution of his brushwork are all present reminders. Waterway II and Bay XII are prominent examples of Cairns depth and technical capacity in his painterly pursuits. The four panel work Seasons compliments his consistent study of nature and nature’s movements intimately. Cairns has successfully navigated design and scale delineating calm. Artists are often reconnoitering the urban spaces. Cairns has documented the streets of the sea, carefully contemplating essential markers and producing icons of our beloved coastline.
Barwon Heads artist, Mark Cairns, has had 15 solo exhibitions in the Geelong region and Melbourne. He has been a practicing artist for over two decades. Mark has twice been selected as a finalist in ‘The Waterhouse Prize’ a national art exhibition and won the Queenscliffe Art Prize in 2013. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions and exhibited work nationally. He is represented in public and private collections in Australia, Hong Kong, Netherlands and the USA.