Galleries 1 & 2
12 - 30 June 2013
Opening Wednesday 12 June, 6.30-8pm
Nature is so expansive and complex in its range of light that we have to look deeper to find form and structure. (Mitchell Albala)
Ben Guy presents Lost Horizons, a contemporary take on urban and landscape painting. Ben works in an autobiographical sense in that he paints his surroundings, working from photos and sketches that he gathers while walking around his built-up urban neighbourhood of Abbotsford and Collingwood in Melbourne. Previous imagery comes from Europe where Ben and his partner, Beth, spent 9 months hiking and painting.
Ben draws the viewer into the painting, creating an illusion of depth on a two-dimensional plane. Using a range of techniques, he combines multiple layers of oil paint, glazes and varnish generating a tactile surface rich in form and structure.
The only figure in any of the images is the viewer who stands before the artwork, directing their own journey within the painting. Ben leaves his subject matter open to interpretation rather than attaching locations or narratives to the work. The viewer must explore and interact with the image but also with their memories. Ultimately, each painting is unique in its interpretation of colour, composition, value and the handling of the paint.