Artists in Isolation

Janet Dawson, Ashley Frost, Rod Holdaway, Steve Lopes & Ian Marr

9 June - 25 July 2020

Solitude has often been a natural state for artists to flourish. For many, it is a choice and a way to retreat and focus on making art and the generation of ideas. This time of global pandemic, and an age of social distancing and self-isolation has meant a great shift in the way we engage socially and within both our public and private spaces. Despite many artists’ penchant for solitude, these shifts to isolation have greatly impacted the ways artists have been engaging with their art. Artists in Isolation showcases the works of JANET DAWSON, ASHLEY FROST, ROD HOLDAWAY, STEVE LOPES and IAN MARR and reveals how their art practices have continued and even evolved over this time of pandemic induced isolation.

 

JANET DAWSON’s ongoing desire to explore and expose the resonance of a place emerges in her works of the coastal landscape in Southern Victoria where she now lives. Her small pastel plein air drawings depict her home in the quiet dawn hours. A small painting depicting a bustling street scene of people outside a supermarket highlights the day-to-day public social interactions once taken for granted. ASHLEY FROST’s move to abstraction, and the drive to create this series of abstract paintings comes from a combination of lockdown, cancelled exhibitions and long isolation. Frost feels he is once again painting for himself rather than focusing on creating outcome orientated artwork. He refers to the term Fluffism; coined by like-minded artists to express this return to painting as a flow of creative consciousness. A return to an indulgent dimension of ‘fluffing around’, the Fluffist still maintains the conventions of colour theory, compositional elements and linear spatial relationships within the work. For FROST, this crisis induced shift and temporary movement away from painting for audience and expectation has been missed.

 

ROD HOLDAWAY's paintings have often reflected the transmutable and elusive nature of social interactions in public spaces. They encourage reflection upon the social constructs and contracts that underpin much of human behaviour in an exposed social context. Isolation has meant these public spaces that are typically the subject of HOLDAWAY’s work have been regularly void of people. This is seen in his recent drawings of public places such as Heazlett Park at Avoca. In these figureless landscapes, groupings of trees take on a haunting human likeness. These particular drawings are made digitally through an iPad; analogous to the ways people have adapted in order to engage with each other and the outside world during this pandemic. An avid traveller and plein air painter, STEVE LOPES finds his practice confined to his home studio during pandemic isolation. His paintings still reflect a yearning for travel and engagement with the landscape. Lopes situates his figures within landscapes at points of solitude and contemplation. The figures appear huddled, downcast and introspective. There is melancholic refrain in this series, as each figure appears disengaged from both their broader surroundings and the audience. IAN MARR’s panoramic paintings capture vast, uninterrupted, and rambling landscapes. Living rurally as a farmer has meant his isolation experience is comparatively less claustrophobic compared to those in urban locations. Depictions of these expansive vistas from the artists perspective looking out from indoor and domestic spaces speaks to this separation from the wider world. Glints of copper peak through MARR’s warm colour palette of these landscapes; appropriately twinkling and glowing with promise and allure as they catch the light.

 

** There will not be an opening event for this exhibition due to the current and necessary pandemic measures. All are welcome to visit the exhibition during our open hours, as well as view the exhibition online and through our social media channels.



Janet Dawson
Off to the Shops, Ocean Grove
acrylic on birchwood tondo
30 cm diameter

$2,500
SOLD
SOLD
Home Paddock - Dawn by Janet Dawson
Janet Dawson
Home Paddock - Dawn
pastel on primed paper
26.8 x 39 cm

$2,200
SOLD
SOLD
Dawson - Beach at ocean Grove 2 2016
Janet Dawson
Beach at Ocean Grove 2
pastel on primed paper
26.8 x 39 cm

$2,200
SOLD
SOLD
Stormy Ripples by Janet Dawson
Janet Dawson
Stormy Ripples
pastel, watercolour
24.6 x 32

$1,800
SOLD
SOLD
Stormy Ripples 2 by Janet Dawson
Janet Dawson
Stormy Ripples 2
gouache, pastel
24.6 x 32 cm

$1,800
SOLD
SOLD
Ashley Frost - Painting 808 2020
Ashley Frost
Painting 808
oil on board
33 x 32 cm

$2,000
For Sale
For Sale
Ashley Frost - Painting 888 2020
Ashley Frost
Painting 888
oil on board
32 x 33 cm

$2,000
For Sale
For Sale
Ashley Frost - Painting 726 2020
Ashley Frost
Painting 726
oil on board
25 x 25 cm

$1,800
For Sale
For Sale
Ashley Frost - Painting 969 2020
Ashley Frost
Painting 969
oil on board
16.5 x 17 cm

$850
For Sale
For Sale
Ashley Frost - Painting 906 2020
Ashley Frost
Painting 906
oil on board
16 x 17 cm

$850
For Sale
For Sale
Ashley Frost - Painting 991 2020
Ashley Frost
Painting 991
oil on board
16 x 17 cm

$850
For Sale
For Sale
Ashley Frost - Painting 907 2020
Ashley Frost
Painting 907
oil on board
17 x 17 cm

$850
For Sale
For Sale
Ashley Frost - Painting 925 2020
Ashley Frost
Painting 925
oil on board
17 x 17 cm

$850
For Sale
For Sale
Ashley Frost - Painting 930 2020
Ashley Frost
Painting 930
oil on board
17 x 17 cm

$850
For Sale
For Sale
Ashley Frost
Painting 944
oil on board
17 x 17 cm

$850
SOLD
SOLD
Ashley Frost - Painting 901 2020
Ashley Frost
Painting 901
oil on board
17 x 17 cm

$850
For Sale
For Sale
Ashley Frost - Painting 914
Ashley Frost
Painting 914
oil on board
17 x 17 cm

$850
For Sale
For Sale
Ashley Frost - Painting 902 2020
Ashley Frost
Painting 902
oil on board
16.5 x 16 cm

$850
For Sale
For Sale
Rod Holdaway - Sentinels at North Avoca, 1st State 2020
Rod Holdaway
Trees at Heazlett Park Avoca. 1st State
inkjet print on velvet paper
29. 7 x 46 cm

$850
For Sale
For Sale
Holdaway - Trees at Heazlett Park Avoca 2020
Rod Holdaway
Trees at Heazlett Park Avoca
inkjet print on velvet paper
18 x 29 cm

$750
For Sale
For Sale
Lopes - Quiet Figure & Mountain 2020
Steve Lopes
Quiet Figure & Mountain
oil on board
50 x 50 cm

$2,800
For Sale
For Sale
Lopes - Mountain Post 2020
Steve Lopes
Mountain Post
oil on board
33 x 45 cm

$2,200
For Sale
For Sale
Steve Lopes  - Backyard Garden Figure 2020
Steve Lopes
Backyard Garden Figure
oil on board
24 x 30 cm

$1,100
For Sale
For Sale
Ian Marr
Shearer's Quarters Beltana + SA Mount Deception
oil on copper
15 x 44.5 cm

$1,200
For Sale
For Sale
Marr - Bettowynd mountain from our verandah
Ian Marr
Bettowynd mountain from our verandah
oil on copper
9 x 45 cm

$900
For Sale
For Sale
Marr - Small town Square 2016
Ian Marr
Small Town Square
oil on copper
9 x 45 cm

$900
For Sale
For Sale
Marr - Verandah at Royal Hotel 2020
Ian Marr
Verandah at Royal Hotel
oil on copper
20 x 10 cm

$450
SOLD
SOLD