Virginia Cuppaidge

Another Kind of Light

1 March - 26 March

VIRGINIA CUPPAIDGE may have lived in New York for 45 years; however looking at her abstract works it is undoubtable her memories of Australian light and colour have continued to feed her work.

Born in Brisbane, CUPPAIDGE studied in Sydney with Desiderous Orban, Stanislaus Rapotec, Marea Gazzard, John Olsen and Robert Klippel before moving to New York in 1969 to "see the best abstract art going on at the time and live in the art museums."

This exhibition returns to a focal point in her practice, CUPPAIDGE's works on paper - created in SoHo, New York in the 1970s - reveal the artist's uninhibited exploration of light, and Australian light in particular. The Pacific Rim Light inspired CUPPAIDGE, who lists, "seeing Australian eucalyptus trees dotted over the bright California landscape, while being artist in residence in Berkley, the light cast from the water shimmer of Sydney Harbour, and looking to south Manhattan from my loft windows, gave me a new sense of light." It was this exploration of light that resulted in works of undulating, vivacious colour.

Reducing the composition to its most reductive elements of light and colour, CUPPAIDGE deftly carves organic forms that play with the space of the work. Floating forms and shapes, unrestricted in motion, create a sense of infinite space, engaging the viewer with the push and pull of the colours around the canvas. Despite the abstract nature of the minimalist works, there is familiarity to the light emanating from the colours - the bleached colours reminiscent of the harsh Australian sun during a hot summer.


The Big Orange by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
The Big Orange
acrylic on canvas
200 x 305 cm
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Pink Field at Night by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
Pink Field at Night
crayon, gouache on paper
35.56 x 41.91 cm
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Jazz Retold by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
Jazz Retold
crayon, gouache on paper
35.56 x 41.91 cm
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Outside City Limits by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
Outside City Limits
crayon, gouache on paper
35.56 x 41.91 cm
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Coltrane's Decision  by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
Coltrane's Decision
crayon, gouache on paper
35.56 x 41.91 cm
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Manhattan Sunrise by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
Manhattan Sunrise
crayon, gouache on paper
35.56 x 41.91 cm
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Midnight Pass by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
Midnight Pass
crayon, gouache on paper
35.56 x 41.91 cm
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Pink Painted Field by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
Pink Painted Field
crayon, gouache on paper
35.56 x 41.91 cm
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Green Painted Field by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
Green Painted Field
crayon, gouache on paper
35.56 x 41.91 cm
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Skylight Noon by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
Skylight Noon
crayon, gouache on paper
35.56 x 41.91 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Skylight Evening by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
Skylight Evening
crayon, gouache on paper
35.56 x 41.91 cm
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SOLD
Silver Field by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
Silver Field
crayon, gouache on paper
35.56 x 41.91 cm
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Brisbane Quarry by Virginia Cuppaidge
Virginia Cuppaidge
Brisbane Quarry
crayon, gouache on paper
35.56 x 41.91 cm
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For Sale