Ken Whisson, Once upon a time, 31/1/06, 1/2/06, 11/3/06, oil on linen, 60.5 x 90cm
is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by
3 - 28 October 2006
Please join us for opening drinks on Tuesday 10 October 2006 from 6.00pm
A fully illustrated colour catalogue is available for $11 plus postage and handling.
"Looking at one of Ken Whisson's works is like studying a diagram of the thinking mind. This is why their schematic forms begin to seem ever more familiar over time - they conjure up experiences and observations that virtually everyone holds in common."
John McDonald, Ken Whisson: Paintings and Drawings 1947-1999 with Writings and Talks by the Artist , Niagara Publishing, 2001.
Ken Whisson's paintings are intuitive sketches, marks and notations of things seen and experienced. Observational references are often obscured by abstract forms. Lines and shapes, anamorphic or otherwise, create suggestive passages of painting. Whisson's work is akin to an expanded form of writing. Whisson spells out images, creating rudimentary symbols. These forms work together to record an accurate reflection of his memory.
Born in Lilydale outside Melbourne, Whisson studied at Swinburne Technical College between 1944 and 1945. He received tuition from Danilla Vassilieff in the years 1945 and 1946, providing him with direct contact and influence from the seminal generation of Melbourne expressionists. In 1977 he moved permanently to Perugia, Italy.
Ken Whisson has continued to exhibit regularly in Australia, building a significant reputation. His work is represented in all major Australian public collections as well as in the British Museum, London and the Chartwell Collection, New Zealand.