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Christopher Shelton


Galleries 4 & 5

20 May - 7 June 2015

Opening Wednesday 20 May, 6.30-8pm

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Artistic journies juggle themes. For me it has always been the landscape, female forms and the politics of the day.

I had anticipated that this exhibition would concentrate on relationships manipulated by “dancers” through colour, movement, shape and ever changing compositions. Subjects would flow from the stage, couch, beach and through to the forest.

But, as is in all of our lives, things happen. Artistic output can be disrupted by unforseen events. Hence the “man in the hat” from past exhibitions reappeared due to a shadow being cast over the original concept for this exhibition. Making art for me is not so much a planned event but rather a negotiated unravelling.

We may be cast in stone, cast aside by changing circumstances, a member of the cast or just somebody who is cast about by the elements. A shadow was cast and my thoughts could not be in the moment. The man in the hat with his “faithful Shadow” watched and wondered how the ultimate difficulty would resolve itself.

Luckily we are all now able to enjoy making art and more importantly enjoy life together. Brett Whitely was not wrong when he said that making art was to have a life of “difficult pleasure”.



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