Figurative expressionism in emerging Sydney artists
Works by Priscilla Bourne, Henry Curchod, Nick Pont, Brad Teodoruk, Neil Tomkins
June 15 - July 15
With gestural brushstrokes and bold compositions, these five Sydney painters create works that are explorations of both the subjects and their painters, finding a point where imagination and reality meet.
Bourne’s work engages with an often-neglected aspect of urban environments - the subtle intrusion of the natural world. For city dwellers, the profusion of man-made structures and devices can act to obscure the teeming life that pre-exists, and penetrates at every point, the gauzy reality in which we shroud ourselves. Priscilla’s work addresses this blind spot, and goes some way towards making reparation.
Curchod’s works are an exploration of his self, bringing to surface both his cultural background in the deconstructed Farsi script and his innermost thoughts and desires. With instinctual certainty, he attacks the canvas with a double-edged sword of carefully calculated composition and wild, dramatic brushstrokes.
Explores people in their surroundings through visual storytelling. The artist’s perceived world gets translated onto canvas with bold colours and powerful mark making, resulting in beautifully expressive works.
Represented by Robin Gibson Gallery
Teodoruk is a Sydney based artist committed to storytelling. He explores the depths of figuration in a diligent painting process. A process in which the artist often paints over an artwork several times, leaving traces of the previous painting creeping into the next. Through this technique, Teodoruk creates an array of expressive and abstract work.
Primarily a landscape painter, Tomkins’ mark is unmistakably expressionist, creating dreamlike images in all of his work. While visiting a friend who cultures bonsais in Orange, Tomkins sketched the small trees to paint them upon his return to Sydney. This resulted in a series of ‘Portraits’ that bring out the human qualities in the curves and twists of the bonsai.