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Figuratively speaking

18 June 2020 to 25 July 2020


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david paulson   install photo   fiona omeenyo


Figuratively speaking will present local artists David Paulson, Michael Eather, Itamar Freed and Scott Redford with artworks displayed alongside Fiona Omeenyo, Rod Moss, Ian Waldron, and Phil Gordon. Moss draws and paints portraits of himself as subject with the Arrernte people of Alice Springs such as in the The standoff. In contrast, works by Lockhart River/Cairns-based Omeenyo continue to explore the figure as family connection and ancestor spirts in new paintings and a bronze sculpture, Ancestral figures at Double Stone. Works on paper by Brisbane-based Eather and Redford, sculptures by Tasmania-based Gordon and Sunshine Coast-based Freed, as well as mixed-media works by Far North Queensland artist Waldron, further investigate the figure through a variety of mediums.

Paulson has created two series of new works for Figuratively speaking where he continues to explore the dynamics of the human figure. His art practice, spanning over 50 years, has been well documented in his 2019 catalogue Both Sides of The Creek. Paulson comments, “the 40 new hand-tinted collagraphs are redolent of “Life’s Little Ironies”, thoughts on the fabric of our tragic existence”. Alongside these works are 10, mixed-media portraits on paper. Paulson comments, “these works are about the observance of ‘time passing’ unhindered by the narcissism of youth”. Included are six self-portraits such as Self-portrait. Paulson continues his daily practice of life-drawing; there will be a dozen new works in stock. Three painted plywood cut-outs from 2016 are further testimony to the artist’s drawing skills and reverence for the human form.