CHAMPAGNE AND LAGER
recent paintings from Italy, France and England
Thurs 24th Nov. - 5th Dec. 2005
McGrath's Art Gallery
240 Miller St,
Drawing on the relaxed
confusion of Italy, the style and beauty of France and the
ordered tradition of England, Espresso, Champagne and
Lager is a diverse collection of paintings united by a
loose, emotive style, simple palette and engaging,
The subjects for these
paintings include fragments of Tuscan village life, the
textures and reflections of Venice and its surrounding
lagoons, rural Provence and the graceful beauty of Paris.
The grey skies of London reflected in the Thames contrast
with the colour and atmosphere of traditional British Pubs
and the Gothic beauty of the city.
While most of the paintings
depict, to some extent, places or objects, the real
subject is always less tangible. An incident, a time of
day, a sound or an idea. It is these emotive
qualities, reinforced by the more abstract elements
of the paintings that make them so engaging.
The paintings are executed
in watercolour and mixed media and range in size from
large 1200x900 pieces to small 350x250 studies.