22 May - 9 June 2018
22 May – 9 June 2018
Opening Saturday 26 May, 3 - 5 pm
Attention to the shifting and shimmering movement of Australian light creates works of lyrical abstraction in VIOLA DOMINELLO’s recent paintings of Sydney’s iconic shorelines.
Throughout her practice DOMINELLO has explored coastal landscapes ranging from the soft Italian light and landscape of Venice to the ragged and dry coastline of Sydney. What remains consistent between these different landscapes is her exploration of light. In her most recent works of Mosman’s shoreline and scenes of the Hawkesbury, DOMINELLO’s palette exudes the heat of the changing Australian light.
In her Mosman works DOMINELLO specifically responded to the epic history of Australian landscape painting. Throughout 2016 and 2017 she was invited to explore and respond to the artists’ camps along Mosman’s foreshore, as part of the Bush to Bay exhibition at Mosman Art Gallery. Framed by Tom Roberts’ Mosman’s Bay 1894, and the landscapes of Arthur Streeton and Sydney Long, DOMINELLO’s works speak of the immediacy of her encounter, but also the legacy of works that came before.
Of the challenges of responding to the unique Australian coastlines she writes, “I have grappled with the contradictions of the primal quality of the bush coastline in particular the open space of the harbour and the enclosed world of the bush. The massive sandstone boulders, the textured tree trunks with their scraggy, spiky foliage rising out of watery grounds around Sirius Cove form a shimmering, reflective contrast to the liquidity of the water.”
The dance of light between the bush and water and their contrasting textures takes centre stage in DOMINELLO’s works. In her play with tone and colour light moves seamlessly between water and land, with the reflections off the water lighting up the landscape. Whether it is in the paintings of Mosman’s foreshore, or scenes from around the Hawkesbury where she resides, DOMINELLO deftly captures the flux and illumination of light, capturing unique moments in these places of tidal change.
In 2005 Viola Dominello received her Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Prior to this she studied at the University of Foreigners Siena (Italy), Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia (Italy), New York University (USA), Julian Ashton School of Art, Hornsby Technical College and the City Art Institute. Dominello was awarded a Borsa di Studio Scholarship from the Italian government on two occasions (1999 & 2003) and she also received an Assistant Fellowship from Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia, Italy (2000). Dominello received the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize in 2010, 2012 and 2015. Dominello's work is represented in many collections.