David Keeling, Hazards forest, 2006/2007, oil on linen, 213 x 182.5cm
is pleased to present
31 July - 1 September 2007
Keeling's key subject matter is the landscape. He uses this as a vehicle for discussing environmental and social concerns. A garage sale or a glimpse of a new housing estate are subtle intersections into the classical or romantic notions of the genre. His canvases are beautiful objects and they present his concern for the things around him.
"I still paint because on one level I am obsessed with the process, and on another level it allows me to reflect on the world around me. For me the best images are the ones that leave the viewer questioning
For the last fifteen years my work has dealt with nature and culture. I believe that if landscape is to survive as a form, then we can not rely on the Romantic or Nostalgic any longer. Too much is at stake to retreat into the comfortable view. For this reason I try in my work to take account of our relationship with nature. It's the reason I construct my images so deliberately, why for instance an object sits in a landscape in a particular way or that there is evidence of a human presence (historical and contemporary) echoing through a 'view'."
Keeling is an established Australian artist and his work is included in major public and private collections. He lives and works in Hobart.
We also celebrate the launch of David Keeling by David Hansen, the fourth in a series of monographs on Tasmanian artists published by Quintus Publishing, an initiative of Arts Tasmania.
The author and the artist will be available for book signing at the exhibition opening.
David Keeling is available for $39.95 + postage and handling.
Survival of the Cutest
31 July - 1 September 2007
Helen Wright is well known for her delicate pastel drawings. On heavy sheets of paper, Wright creates alluring layers of pigment. With her stumps of pastel she produces figurative compositions full of suggestive intrigue. Images of anonymous faces and bodies draw on the language of film and fashion photography, but there is a warm and humanising filter. The delicate surface of the works gives a significant presence to the images.
Born in Sydney in 1956, Wright completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Tasmanian School of Art between 1977 and 1979. The following year she undertook a Post Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts at the Alexander Mackie School, Sydney and in 1986 began a Master of Fine Arts at the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart. Wright was part-time lecturer in printmaking at the Tasmanian School of Art between 1991 and 1999. She was a founding member of the Chameleon Studios and Contemporary Art Space, Hobart and in 1989 she was artist-in-residence at the Verdaccio Studio, Italy.
Wright's work is included in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of South Australia. She currently lives and works in Tasmania.
Please join us for opening drinks on
Tuesday 7 August 2007 from 6.00pm