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Mel Brigg

Exodus, 2012-2014

Acrylic
39 2/5 × 41 3/10 in
100 × 105 cm
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Sydney, Hong Kong
Mel Brigg
South African, b. 1950
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Mel Brigg’s allegorical landscape paintings are populated with metaphorical imagery of people traversing the globe in search of unknowable things. Seamlessly blending textural and drip-like abstractions with figurative imagery, paintings such as Exodus and Arrivals bear a resemblance to those of Mark Tansey, whose grisaille images play with the conventions of narrative and representation. Born and raised in Apartheid South Africa before moving to Australia, Brigg is deeply devoted to the well-being of people and the planet, a commitment evident in his work. In Moon Passage, he skillfully re-creates the reflection of moonlight on a fantastically exaggerated plane over which a small group of people progress toward the glowing celestial body. Speaking of the recurring circles and orbs in his images, he says, “It highlights that person, his feelings of angst, arriving in a new strange land, and being different, as if in the spotlight, and being scrutinized by the locals.”

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Mel Brigg
South African, b. 1950
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Mel Brigg’s allegorical landscape paintings are populated with metaphorical imagery of people traversing the globe in search of unknowable things. Seamlessly blending textural and drip-like abstractions with figurative imagery, paintings such as Exodus and Arrivals bear a resemblance to those of Mark Tansey, whose grisaille images play with the conventions of narrative and representation. Born and raised in Apartheid South Africa before moving to Australia, Brigg is deeply devoted to the well-being of people and the planet, a commitment evident in his work. In Moon Passage, he skillfully re-creates the reflection of moonlight on a fantastically exaggerated plane over which a small group of people progress toward the glowing celestial body. Speaking of the recurring circles and orbs in his images, he says, “It highlights that person, his feelings of angst, arriving in a new strange land, and being different, as if in the spotlight, and being scrutinized by the locals.”

Mel Brigg

Exodus, 2012-2014

Acrylic
39 2/5 × 41 3/10 in
100 × 105 cm
Sold
location
Sydney, Hong Kong
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