27 Oct to 15 Nov
The tradition of figurative painting goes in and out of fashion but audiences never fail to be seduced by the figure and representational art, while figurative Australian artists continue to observe and translate the world, from the everyday to the spectacular, with passion and nuance.
Includes Nicole Slatter, Thomas Hoareau, Kevin Robertson, Richard Gunning from Perth and Tom Alberts, Stewart MacFarlane, Nerissa Lea and Yvette Coppersmith from around Australia, plus Richard Bosman USA
The representation of people and things from our daily lives has continued to engage painters and The F Word presents a range of approaches.
Richard Gunning, Perth, is one of a group of figurative painters, who emerged in Perth during the 1980’s. They were concerned with the facts of day-to-day life, in a rapidly changing environment. They drew their imagery from the traditional atmospherics and mystique of the artist’s studio, as popularised by Matisse and other great moderns. They emphasised the pursuit of technique, almost as an end in itself, when this was little valued.
Similarly, Kevin Robertson, Perth, looks at things in a specific and personal way through observations of familiar faces. With time to observe and reflect, what becomes less important is making a painting that just ‘looks like’ the subject; rather, these works are meant to ‘feel like’ the people they represent.
Thomas Hoareau, Perth, continues on from his musings upon Europe and European art history to consider the Antipodean experience, the layers of history in his own backyard.
Nicole Slatter, Perth, hones in on the space between the darkness and light to experience the physical landscape as a sensorial understanding of space.
Yvette Coppersmith, Melbourne explores her fascination with love as a collaborative and participatory act through the genre of still life.
Stewart MacFarlane, Adelaide, is a prolific artist whose narrative paintings suggest staged dramas.
Tom Alberts, Melbourne, chronicles contemporary life in a precise pictorial space.
Nerissa Lea, Tasmania, employs narrative realism. Her emotive paintings explore the dichotomy between the external world and the sometimes frightening interior world playing out in our heads.
Richard Bosman, New York, shows woodcuts that detail highly charged everyday occurrences.
The idea for the show came from Kevin Robertson, who has offered these deliberations: the F word by Kevin Robertson