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Denis Clarke: Previously Unseen

A new envisioning of the urban environment.

The work for this exhibition comprises a combination of oil on canvas and board, and works on paper. Some larger paintings are done inside the studio, others in the deserted laneways of Marrickville. Conventionally, there is nothing particularly aesthetic about these alley ways.

Previously Unseen is grounded in drawing and painting directly from a subject: factories and urban streets, to explore structure and space. The challenge is one of interpreting the human built environment that we live amongst and experience our lives within. It strikes me that our cities are our emotional landscape and my work is a meditation on what the visual outcomes of that are. In beginning a painting, I am at first apprehensive. I proceed with a mix of drawing and painting and an element of indecision. I need something to observe so as to scan and take hold of shapes from buildings, spaces near and far, inspiration for colour and figures which inform the space.

For me working before a subject is deeply complex and a chance to explore visual language. The test is to find graphic statements and abstractions which truthfully parallel perceptions and travel towards a resolved image.



Wednesdays to Fridays, 11am to 6pm
Saturdays, 11am to 5pm

Wednesday 15 May to Saturday 1 June 2019



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