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Alpine Surrounds


Graham McKenzie


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25 March - 12 April 2015

Opening Wednesday 25 March, 6.30-8pm

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This exhibition of paintings from some of the Alpine regions of Victoria, is a continuation from my earlier work done in 2013 and 2014.

I first visited this area when I was in my late teens and early twenties to go skiing. What fascinated me at that time was the effect of light on the landscape. There were days when everything looked white, making it difficult to distinguish the differences between the hills and the sky.

When I was staying in the foothills at different seasonal times during 2014/15 I was experiencing similar emotions to my earlier excursions. What drew me to creating these paintings was light. Light on different days and times. Although I didn’t spend much time in the snow, I wanted to explore the light as the days lengthened and began to warm up.

The intensity of the light oscillates between the very bright intense light on some days and the greyer/cloudier days. Compositions would therefore appear quite differently over this period. This exhibition extends the effect of light across the landscape and how this relates to the compositional elements in the paintings. This can have the effect of flattening parts of the landscape while providing a three dimensional appearance to others and it also lends itself to abstraction in some paintings.




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