The show ran from Tuesday 25 February 2014 for two weeks through to 9 March at Queen Street Gallery, 28 Queen Street Woollahra NSW Australia.
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The works have a strong feeling of place, capturing moments in time on the land – or in the mind. Gestural sweeps of impasto cloud and mist are spread above the skumbled folds of viridian hills and the deep blue shadows of trees. They attempt to strike a balance between the depth of representational landscape painting and the two-dimensional surface of abstract paint on canvas. The landscape is at once reduced to an essential, minimal surface and yet draws the eye in, to mist-covered hills and valleys.
Beyond that artful play between representation and abstraction, there is another geological layer in these works, a contemplation of place, of nostalgia, perhaps a journey and a sense that just over that next viridian hill could be the destination.
The oil on canvas works range in size with the largest being on 4×3 foot (1219x914m) stretchers. They have multiple layers of oil paint laid down over time in glazes like geological layers.
Each painting has a link to its own permanent web page underneath the image. Comments are open on those pages so you are welcome to login in and start a conversation about a particular work – kind of old-school, pre-facebook, blogging style, enjoy.
I use Michael Harding oil paints and during this exhibition I was lucky enough to have a visit from the man himself.