This is the first abstract exhibition at this gallery. There were 5 paintings sold on the opening night.
The work is generally well presented. Some of the canvasses however, would benefit from a strong, simple frame. There is evidence of risk-taking and experimentation. The work celebrates the accidental that often occurs in the production of abstract art. All artists have shown that at some stage they have taken control of their work.
What is hidden is the effort made by each artist in the production of this work. A lot of time was spent in experimentation and research. Problems arose and were solved, challenges were set and were met.
What is not known is that these artists all come from a “traditional” background. They wanted a challenge and they certainly got one, met it head on and succeeded!
Abstract art is about process, the product is the bonus.
There is a strong organic feel to many of the paintings due to the influence of the workshops that the artists experienced where organic forms were often employed as starting points.
All of the artists show a firm understanding of technique and composition. Colours have been appropriately employed in each of the paintings in respect of their subject.
A exhibition well worth your inspection!
Curator, Country Club Tasmania