Bondi Summer is an exploration of colour, the human figure, and Australian beach culture. With vivid memories of days at the beach as a child, Breakspear explores her fascination with the “spontaneity, joy, abandon or quiet contemplation that a trip to the beach evokes”. With Danish mariners and yachtsmen as ancestors, the love of water is a strong family connection for Breakspear. She captures everyday moments of people from all walks of life, as they swim, surf, sunbathe and relax at the beach.
Inspired by the great tradition of famous works featuring the beach and bathers by artists including Cezanne, Picasso and Gaugin, as well as the iconic Australian images of Max Dupain, the world-famous Bondi Beach serves as a backdrop for Breakspear’s exploration of “colour and light, the figure in motion and unguarded moments”.
Having studied at the Julian Ashton Art School and the National Art School, Breakspear’s love of light and colour has led her away from a background in classical training and into the dream-like works of the French Impressionists, Expressionists and Contemporary Colourists. However, her classical training of the human form has enabled her to effortlessly depict the way that light falls on both the contours of the human body, and the water. She creates depth by expressing the relationship between figures in space, and human interactions in the beach environment. Movement and spontaneity is captured through an emotive, expressive and gestural approach.
With a focus on the joy of expression and colour which comes from the richness of oils, Bondi Summer is a series that seeks to capture the “seduction, mystery and freedom we feel when embracing the ocean”.
Thursday 13 July, 6pm to 8pm.
Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 7pm
Tuesday 11 July to Sunday 23 July 2017