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Origami Kaleidoscope: Between Two Worlds

Exhibition showcasing a collection of artworks

A collection of oil and acrylic paintings by Artist Shan Richards. Inspired by the intricacies of the mystic Japanese culture, these vibrant, eclectic works of kaleidoscopic colours shift between ‘worlds’; from complex forms to abstraction, the conscious to subconscious; from the subjective reality of sight to the reality of insight. The significance of the “kaleidoscope” in this work is one that reflects the ‘observations of beautiful forms’, with ever changing combinations. As we Kaleidoscope through life, shifting between worlds, we mentally capture fleeting moments, process and reassemble these mesmerizing flashes. With the use of interchanging intricate forms to abstraction, this work explores the concept of perception. The influences from our memories and past experiences, visually processing information we receive, reacting and redesigning to become our own truths of observation of the world around us.

These artworks focus on a weaving of elements; movement, form, colour and depth, creating multidimensional space that can be interpreted in a variety of ways. They explore a concept of “origami fabrication”, inspired by fabric draping, harmonious, uplifting, saturated colours, and beautiful, exotic landscapes and cultures. The concept of manipulating fabrics into intricate 3D pleated “origami” designs, examines the relationship between the techniques of draping with painting to create depths of illusions. Drawing on this concept, the works experiment with the deconstruction of 3D forms back into a 2D painting, creating these graceful ‘fabricated’ illusions, heightening the effect by applying rich vivid colours. Combining these elements, they create a labyrinth of ideas with the intention of provoking a deeply thoughtful, personal connection.

“I strive to produce unique thought-provoking paintings that create an awareness of the beauty of all that surrounds us, leaving the viewer feeling invigorated and uplifted, while revealing a world or idea that may have once been closed off to them.” Shan Richards



51 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia


Tuesday 10 September 2019 from 10am to 6pm
Wednesday 11 September 2019 from 10am to 6pm
Thursday 12 September 2019 from 10am to 7pm
Friday 13 September 2019 from 10am to 7pm
Saturday 14 September 2019 from 11am to 5pm
Sunday 15 September 2019 from 11am to 5pm



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