Recent WorkViola Dominello
12 - 30 October
Opening Saturday 16 October, 3 - 5 (COVID-19 and social distancing aware)
Attention to the shifting and shimmering movement of Australian light creates works of lyrical abstraction and colour in VIOLA DOMINELLO’s recent paintings. Through painterly gesture DOMINELLO’s practice is imbued with a sensitivity that reveals moments of transient beauty in the landscape and through its intricacies.
DOMINELLO responds to the felt experience. Working en plein air, her practice is inspired by the German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich, who outlines, "The artist should not only paint what he sees before him, but also what he sees within him. If, however, he sees nothing within him, then he should also omit to paint then what he sees before him". For DOMINELLO it is this first encounter through en plein air practice that is later recreated in the studio, resulting in highly perceptive emotive works. Her paintings are alive with colour and movement that goes beyond the purely representational. VIOLA DOMINELLO creates works of quiet yet vibrant wonder. Finding inspiration near her home around the Hawkesbury and the hinterlands, a warmth and familiarity exudes from the landscapes. Working en plein air her first impressions jot down the essential features of the landscape, capturing an instant of changing light and tone. This sense of immediacy speaks of an intuitive artistry that captures the feeling and mood of a place.
With vigor DOMINELLO cuts into the paint, moving and scraping it over the canvas to create texture and movement. Her en plein air landscapes are atmospheric in mood and tonality, layered with marks to evoke landscapes and object of observation that are alive with movement and energy. DOMINELLO deftly captures the flux and illumination of light. Her palette exudes the heat of the changing Australian light. At the same time the artist hones in on the minutiae of what the land has to offer; craggy rock faces, the multitude of colours in peeling tree barks, the glimmer of light on water, fleeting encounters with small wildlife, and bursts of colour and texture found through small blossoms and blooms.
Sydney SurroundsYvonne Boag
2 November - 27 November
Opening Saturday 6 November, 3 - 5 (COVID-19 and social distancing aware)
YVONNE BOAG is a Scottish-born Australian painter and printmaker whose work reflects the many places where she has lived, travelled and worked. Having spent the last 20 years dividing her time between South Korea and Australia, YVONNE BOAG’s art responds to these surroundings through her use of bold colours and forms. In Sydney Surrounds, her work focuses on bringing colour and vibrancy to locations around the Sydney area.
Living in different cultural contexts has informed YVONNE BOAG’s preoccupation with displacement. Beginning with moving from Scotland to Australia and, later, moving between Europe, South Korea, Japan and the Lockhart River Aboriginal Community on Cape York, she feeds off this dislocation and her work embodies the discomfort experienced when you don’t belong. At the same time this experience of place lends a genuine sense of curiosity and hyper-awareness to her art practice.
BOAG’s work becomes a response to new surroundings. Images are reduced to semi-abstract forms that combine areas of colour with line. The results are strong graphic forms that take on the character of signs. The pictures are simultaneously simple and complex. They become conversations between the artist and her context, reflecting the range of responses to being in a foreign place. There is a vivid and immediate quality to her works. Acrylics are used to capture those visceral encounters with new places and foreign vistas. The result is a patchwork of joyous and vibrant pops of colour in each work; radiating hot with energy and a sense of hyper-stimulation, as if attempting to drink in the sites all at once.
The not-so-far afield places surrounding Sydney depicted by YVONNE BOAG are tonally paired down to a select range of thematic colours and simplified forms that render the scenes almost completely abstract. Sense of perspective almost disappears from each composition of shapes and colours. However, the limited palette and forms within each work help to evoke a sense of time and place across these paintings.
Shades of SummerDeirdre Bean, Janet Dawson, Merran Esson, Rachel Fairfax, Jane Gerrish
30 November - 18 December
Opening Saturday 4 December, 3 - 5 (COVID-19 and social distancing aware)