Sunday, June 12, 2011

Damien Minton Gallery - Louise Tuckwell & William Rose











It had been a mighty week of ‘Abstraction’ with still more to come...

Another wonderful Art history lesson for me... ‘A Catalyst for Abstraction in Australia - William Rose’.. These works are truly amazing, immense exuberance oozing from every work. An artist from the rich Australian art past and from one of my favourite towns, Newcastle...

‘Construction 21’, pen, ink, watercolour on paper, 1963, offers us poetic justice, launching itself off the paper and out of the frame, it’s a beautiful piece, but the name Construction always gives off a loud bang but for me this work is quiet and peaceful... ‘Construction 6a’, pen and ink on paper, 1957 an earlier one from the ‘Construction’ series, reflects a little more chaos from ’21’, but nicely balanced chaos...

‘Blue Painting’, oil on marine plyboard, 1960, looks like a dockland landscape, but has included the unseen inner space that most industrial sites have, it show’s the grey blue of the steel and the ocean it descends upon.. This one is one of my favourites!!!

‘Metaphysical Summer’, oil on board, 1993, is my favourite of all, it’s such a musical piece, jazz, rock n’roll and opera rolled into one dramatic painting, William obviously sees colour in music, a rare talent and it also shows in other works in this collection... That palette knife of his should be placed in a museum...

Paintings and Tapestries by the lovely Louise Tuckwell, I was introduced to Louise at her last show at Orson and Blake in 2009 and fell in love with her work, I’m a sucker for them, the tapestries are like stitched paintings and this new series is just Devinne!!!

‘Yellowcake’, acrylic on canvas, 2010, I love what Louise does with colour, love how she uses colour, opposites attract and vice versa... ‘Split’, acrylic on canvas, 2010, perfectly balanced, my eye was drawn to it, probably my favourite of the paintings.. Louise is not afraid of colour, as an abstract expressionist you can’t be afraid of colour, it would work against you and Louise has a strong appreciation of colour... Her approach to painting has become tighter and the response from her peers is even more adoring...

‘Musical Heart’, cotton on linen, 2011, this tapestry among many of the others is a strong favourite, it’s overwhelming in it’s simplicity, but at the same time it’s language is diverse...

‘Untitled, (abstracted from it’s object)’, cotton on linen, 2010, offers it’s viewer a subdued approach to abstraction, it’s true meaning hidden from public view, this is a really lovely piece...

I felt quite emotional when I first saw all of her works hanging in the project room, Louise is now one of favourite artists and seeing her work hanging in the same space as another great Abstractionist is, I could say and will say ‘Perfect Harmony’...

Written by Fleur

1st June - 18th June 2011
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