Monday, May 14, 2012

Drawing Room - Richard Hook

This collection of assemblage paintings was my first introduction to the work of Richard Hook and I’m not surprised that living south of Sydney near Port Kembla and in close proximity to the ocean his work is heavily inspired by this environment.

The use of rich seaside and heavy industrial colours gives rise to the constant abstract expressiveness within his printmaking and assemblage works.

There was 7 works in this exhibition and all of them have their own little story to tell, but I think my favourites were ‘Propeller’ a small circular work of wonder, the blades are in constant motion in one direction but if you stare at it long enough you think you can see the blades move in the opposite direction.

 ‘Jetty’ a fragment from reality placed in a way as if you are looking down from the sky, you can see this Jetty from afar and imagine the waves crashing against it. ‘Floatation’ with the built up surface and dark blue hues lapping at it’s existence.

 Inspiration can be found in all sorts of places and Richard Hook is also an ‘Inspiration’.

 Fleur MacDonald
4th April - 9th May 2012

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