Sunday, February 20, 2011

Damien Minton Gallery - Hard Sleeper, Australian Artists in china









Damien Minton has signed a new lease on his wonderful gallery and we thank him for that...

Hard Sleeper is a truly fantastic show... I loved it!!! Many great works, and beautifully curated... Let’s start with Frances Belle Parker with her ‘175 Yangtze White and Red’ series, semi abstract river landscape in subtle colours are effective and I like her colour scheme... Peter Gardiners large canvas’s, I wish I could use some colourful metaphors but for obvious reasons I wont, I’m a big fan of his work and these large vertical paintings interjected with scenes of China’s national icons and tiny landscapes are powerfully magnificent!!!

‘The Chairman’ by PhilJames with it’s Simpson makeover is a sheer delight and shows his humorous side, but is a stark contrast to his ‘gentle Torpedo’ and ‘An Unnamable Knife’ 2 beautiful dark paintings... Catherine Croll, the co-ordinator of this show has also produced some beautiful photographs of the residents of China and each tells a story...

I also fell in love with the etchings ‘Fei Ja Chun, I and II’ by Guy Maestri and his watercolour series are just so sweet and lovely, I’m a bit of a sucker for a watercolour, particularly depicting a dark moody distant landscape... And an award should be given to both Guy Maestri and PhilJames for rescuing so many beautifully executed drawings by an unknown artist, so strange to find at a tip... And lastly the colourful mixed media assemblages by China De La Vega, these are wonderful pieces full of so much life from discarded objects and I couldn’t pick a favourite as loved them all...

This show is a true delight which tickled most of my senses...

Written by Fleur

15th February - 26th February 2011
www.damienmintongallery.com.au