|Terry Batt and Hu Qinwu @ Niagara Galleries|
|29 NOVEMBER - 17 DECEMBER 2011 |
Niagara Galleries presents two cross-cultural exhibitions that explore art forms from diverse traditions. A fitting way to celebrate the official Year of Chinese Culture in Australia.
A DELICATE BALANCE
Significant anniversaries present an opportunity for reflection - to hold metaphorically a mirror to the current situation and assess its worth. If you choose to do this with Terry Batt's 25th anniversary exhibition at Niagara, you will see a body of work that reflects the confidence and maturity of an artist for whom the tension between demand and reward has been ever present. The result is a series of works that demonstrate not only incredible technical proficiency, but also, as the exhibition's title so aptly states, 'a delicate balance' between artist and academic, traveller and teacher, home and Hong Kong.
Hu Qinwu is sometimes described as an abstract painter, and indeed in the last ten years he has developed a visual language of line, grid, tone and mark which at first sight seems akin to Western modernist abstraction. However his working method is grounded in his Buddhist beliefs about connectedness and meaning, and in recent years he has used layers of Chinese calligraphy referencing Buddhist sutras (prayer books) in his work. Some oil on canvas works use layers of rich colour - reds and royal blues - which appear almost to shimmer and vibrate under an all-over pattern of dots which form a grid on the surface of the work.
The Gallery will close on the 17 December 2011 and reopen 7 February 2012 with an exhibition of new works from Bradd Westmoreland.
245 Punt Road
For a complete list of works, or to arrange a preview prior to the exhibition, please contact the gallery by email or phone 03 9429 3666
Gallery opening hours
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Evenings by appointment
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Kindred spirits, 2011,
oil and wax on linen,
100 x 140cm.