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CORRENTE DE AR VOL. IIILisbon 2023
I am exhibiting my recent series of coloured pencil drawings that navigate the borderlands between reality and imagination and explore a dream-like utopia anchored by the melancholy of nostalgia and the playfulness of childhood memory.
The body of work, a collection of surreal dreamscapes, introduces vividly coloured, ornate, inflatable structures contrasted against muted, vast landscapes. The depictions, taking inspiration from children's jumping castles and retro milk-bar marquees, serve as whimsical, if eerie, reminders of our fleeting childhood fantasies and dreams. I employed a quasi-hyperrealistic technique, with intricate detail-work reminiscent of vintage photographs or storybooks, combined with flat planes of colour to strike a balance between realism and the illustrative quality of children's literature.
My creative process integrates experiences from everyday life, memories from my childhood, and surreal visions inspired by the rapid ascendance of AI Art. The result is a series that blends our collective past with the uncertain future, forming a cohesive narrative of the human experience.
2019 Faces & Figures, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne
2018 untitled, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2016 Warringah Art Prize, Warringah Creative Space, Sydney
2016 Art For The Company, Good Space Gallery, Sydney
2014 From the Ground Up, District 01, Sydney
2014 The Brave Ones, Flower Pepper Gallery , Pasadena, CA, USA
2014 Hither, Thither and Yon, The Nook Gallery, Mornington, VIC
2013 The Retreat, Hoxton Hotel, London
2013 Young Masters, Curious Duke Gallery, London
2013 Art Drops, Madame La Marquise, Barcelona 2013 Made to Endure, China Heights Gallery, Sydney
2013 Spring, Element Eden, Costa Mesa, CA, USA
2013 Utopia, The Unit, London
2012 Kidults, L'Épatante Gallery, Rennes, France 2012 Contempo, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne
2010 Unwrapped 10, United Galleries, Sydney
2010 19 Mood Swings, 19 Karen Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD
2016 The Annual, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney
2015 Crossing the Line, Bow & Arrow, Sydney
2015 Fowlers Gap Exhibition, AD Space, Sydney
2012 Four the Love of Art, Gallery in Cork St, London
2011 Life, East Gallery, London
2011 Suspended, Retrospect Galleries, Gold Coast, QLD
2011 Beyond the Menagerie, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne
2008 Heart Kareena, MTV Gallery, East Sydney