17.09.03 - 05.10.03


 

tom gibbons: australiana

     
 

'AUSTRALIANA' NOTES
Tom Gibbons
September, 2003

In 2001 I was greatly impressed by the exhibition Monet & Japan at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, especially by the Japanese works and in particular by the huge screen-painting Rough Seas attributed to the 17thC painter Tawaraya Sotatsu. In this Sublime work, '… stylized waves are set off against a shimmering field of gold', writes Gary Hickey in his catalogue-essay 'Waves of Influence'.

From my own point of view his essay-title has proved highly appropriate, as this particular work lies directly behind the twenty-four 'Wave' images which I worked on in the following months.

As 'solid' opaque acrylic paints on canvas proved disappointingly heavy and inert, most of these images have been painted using an airbrush and a stencil; except for four made up entirely of collaged pastel-papers. Though they are minute compared with Sotatsu's enormous screen, and calm where his is stormy, I hope that they will have an understated Japanese 'feel' to them, as well as a movement and a spatial depth despite the apparently simple organization.

I can well imagine that Sotatsu's work is informed by Zen mysticism. The 'Lunch-Bar' images are urban and everyday, but likewise carry a reminder of 'eternal' time in being photographed at the seven Canonical Hours of prayer (the 'Divine Office') appointed for each day in Christian institutions. We tend to overlook such humdrum premises as our innumerable deli's and lunch-bars, but each is different and unique and repays loving and detailed attention.

Much of my work has been intended as a celebration of everyday West Australian life, not without its mystical aspects. Just as waves (the beach, the surf, etc.) and lunch-bars are part of our everyday experience, so too is our Australian National Flag: which is perhaps also like them visually over-familiar. My ten small 'Flags' and the three large ones are intended as a celebration of the joie-de-vivre which on the whole characterizes everyday Australian life, also as an evocation of the brilliant and unsurpassable West Australian light.

 

*prices valid 2003

 
flag 7
acrylic on canvas
45.7 x 61.0cm
2003
$1500

flag 1
acrylic on canvas
45.7 x 61.0cm
2003
$1500
flag 2
acrylic on canvas
45.7 x 61.0cm
2003
$1500 SOLD
flag 4
acrylic on canvas
45.7 x 61.0cm
2003
$1500
nones: 3pm
winston lunch bar

gelatin-silver print

41 x 51cm
2002
edition of 3
framed $600
unframed $500
vespers: sunset 7pm
roy-al lunch bar

gelatin-silver print

41 x 51cm
2002
edition of 3
framed $600
unframed $500
 
 
prime: 6am
lick em lunch bar

gelatin-silver print

41 x 51cm
2002
edition of 3
framed $600
unframed $500

sext: 12 noon
jack daw lunch bar

gelatin-silver print

41 x 51cm
2002
edition of 3
framed $600
unframed $500
 
   
terce: 9am
julian's lunch bar

gelatin-silver print

41 x 51cm
2002
edition of 3
framed $600
unframed $500
compline: bedtime 9pm
panetta lunch bar

gelatin-silver print

41 x 51cm
2002
edition of 3
framed $600
unframed $500
 
 
wave 11
acrylic on paper
36 x 50cm
2002
$750
wave 5
acrylic on paper
36 x 50cm
2002
$750
 
 
wave 6
acrylic on paper
36 x 50cm
2002
$750
wave 8
acrylic on paper
36 x 50cm
2002
$750
 
   

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