I have painted in oils since my mid teens in the early 1970s, but I really started seriously after leaving school at the end of 1973. I received a little training in my mid-20s, at the Teachers’ College at Magill, now part of University of South Australia, where I did drawing, painting and printmaking electives as part of my Communications degree. By the time I finished studies at Magill I’d already painted for a decade, experimenting for a while with surrealism but always maintaining an interest in various sorts of abstract painting in oils and acrylics.
In the late 1990s I painted a number of constructivist works and other quite complicated paintings that responded to early – mid 20th century abstract styles, and produced a series of handpainted digital works based on some recent drawings, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci. The latter helped me to start to learn more about Photoshop and similar software.
I held a very successful exhibition of oil and acrylic paintings at Light Gallery in 2003, with work done following my PhD on post-war Australian abstract painting. In the early-mid 2000s I began working with metallic oil paints and broken grids. I kept simplifying my processes, and from around 2010 produced a number of reasonably busy, but mostly flat, acrylic paintings and some tachiste palette-knife driven oils.
Since 2006 I have been busy with my publications and exhibition curation, and I have being doing a great deal of digital photography and digital art since 2010. I mostly use an older style Canon (EOS 400D) and like photographing aspects of the bush and details and scenes in the city and suburbs — mostly using my experience as an abstract painter to compose my images. Occasionally I choose to superimpose exposures in processing to be a little more experimental and creative.
In this exhibition I am presenting images from two series, of urban and suburban scenes and details, that conform with contemporary notions of “Abstract Realism”; that is, images that derive from the real world that may not be immediately recognisable as such. It’s a fusion of painterly formalism or expression, deriving from my knowledge of the arena of modernist painting and photography, and my worldly observation as a photographer.
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