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Karl Mattas

Sensuous pleasure: flowers, nudes, still life and landscape

This, my 4th show at the Shop Gallery, consists mainly of small, intimate works. I like the directness and simplicity this approach offers and that is why I think of the works as having a sensuous quality regardless of subject matter.

The landscapes are from my regular painting spot, Clarkes Point. Each visit presents a different view depending on the weather and the seasons.

The still-life is a time honoured subject and I feel that it still is relevant in contemporary art practice. I have a soft spot for flower paintings as the flowers have a live quality that I value. In this show the flowers are mostly orchids which are slow moving but they move nevertheless.

The life drawings are my favourites. I have always concentrated on the ‘life’ aspect of these. I am not looking for a formal or photographic likeness but rather try to capture something that indicates a living, breathing model. For this reason the work is always executed very quickly and I think of these studies as full figure portraits based on the model’s body language. It goes without saying that I always work with a live model.

Drinks with the artist on 22 March, 6pm to 8pm.



Every day, 11am to 6pm

Thursday 21 March to Wednesday 27 March 2019



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