Evening spread against my eyes

Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Abbotsford VIC

4 – 21 April 2019

A series of paintings and drawings about the experience of darkness while walking home at night. Using layers of tone, abstraction of forms, and slippery points of light and colour, the works describe the strange and surprising space of an evening suburb. Nightfall creates new shapes and colours, and shadows become portals, rich with possibility. The darkness is a lens, disrupting the stable and expected, inviting the viewer into an intangible encounter with light.

“We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates… Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.” – Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows

In praise of shadows, 2019, oil and oil stick on canvas, 101.8 x 152.6cm
All that is solid melts into air, 2019, oil on canvas, 91.5 x 122cm
Seen and passing, 2019, oil and oil stick on canvas, 83.6 x 66cm
Bower, 2019, oil and oil stick on canvas, 122 x 91.5cm
Watching, 2018, oil and oil stick on board, 45.3 x 40cm, framed
It became to me, 2018, oil and oil stick on board, 45 x 40cm, framed
Gift, 2018, oil on canvas, 76.2 x 50.8cm
Blue and sign, 2019, oil and oil stick on canvas, 76.2 x 50.8cm
Turning shadow, 2019, oil and oil stick on canvas, 61 x 50.8cm
Now still, 2019, oil and oil stick on canvas, 61 x 50.8cm
Sky on road, 2019, oil on canvas, 61 x 50.8cm
The way is not a way but a place, 2019, oil and oil stick on canvas, 83.6 x 66cm