Place & Time
Galleries 1, 2 & 3
6 - 17 March 2013
Opening Wednesday 6 March, 6.30-8pm
“Place & Time: Images From Three Suburbs is an exhibition celebrating David’s art practice where, through mainly beginning from simple observation, often as not then moves into something of a hybrid: recognisable imagery along with more abstract areas with a focus on colouration.
Essentially, David is a colourist. This process is a kind of filtering, through a cluster of major and minor influences – Bonnard, Giacometti, Auerbach, Stuart Davis, Grace Cossington-Smith; through shifting weather and light; vagaries of mood and experience; dissatisfaction because it is simply not working, sometimes through ineptitude.
Three suburbs: Lilydale, Preston and Blackburn.
Lilydale, limited studio space and time, all the works on paper, squeezed in after work, especially during daylight saving, the light clear, fulsome.
Preston, larger studio space, urban environment, different light, exhaust thickened, close, above us rather than around.
Bucolic Blackburn, a light more subtle; pure, high and volatile, sometimes piercing, sometimes caressing; limited studio space again – the shed images were painted as a way to simply get out, of the cramped space, of a sense of constriction.
David has exhibited regularly over the past 20 or so years. He works in spiritual care at St Vincent’s hospital and conducts an art programme within palliative care.