Deidre But-Husaim, Matt R. Martin, Shannon Smiley, Adriane Strampp
Art Central Hong Kong
Central Harbourfront Hong Kong
21 – 25 March 2017
We are delighted to announce our participation in Art Central Hong Kong in March 2017 at which we will be exhibiting ‘Uneasy Idyll’, an exhibition of work by Deidre But-Husaim (SA), Matt R. Martin (VIC), Shannon Smiley (VIC) and Adriane Strampp (VIC), four contemporary Australian painters who explore aspects of the landscape and the figure.
While each artist is unique in their method and interpretation, the artists share themes associated with the figure and the landscape such as the illusion of the idyllic, ambiguity and time suspended. All four approach their practice with great skill and technical knowledge, the resulting paintings allowing a breadth of interpretation yet remaining visually and thematically sympathetic with each other.
Deidre But-Husaim is an artist who through her painting questions the very nature of looking and making. Her process is to observe from life and then to unravel the collected images in her studio through oil painting. Her works are diverse; they may depict people experiencing a work of art or be an investigation into a phenomenon in nature. Deidre But-Husaim paints in oil on wood panel or linen, her works are a play between curious ambiguity and painterly detail.
Matt R. Martin’s varied background has led him to develop an appreciation for the subtle nuances of human gesture. A myriad of artistic influences, including his mother’s passion for classical ballet, instilled a sense of the capability of the human form for expression far beyond that which can be achieved with words. His work explores not only human postures but also its orientation encouraging the viewer to consider the human form as a whole, such as gestures, shapes, and body language. Martin’s artworks are a reflection of his ethos regarding figurative art as timeless, aiming to forge an emotional connection between artist and viewer through such a humble medium.
Adriane Strampp explores the theme of the Romantic landscape, the intangible and the evocative, the search for a sense of place, and the desire for connection, a reflection of her own peripatetic background. Interest is not in the mimetic representation of landscape, but rather the suggestion and presence of the viewer observing, present yet separated from that which he sees. It traces both the literal and the emotional journey of a landscape remembered, the search for familiarity, and explores triggers that help us connect the past with the present.
Shannon Smiley has for some time painted scenes of the landscape, both urban and natural, in particular where nature reclaims areas left to its own device. For example, an alleyway in the centre of a metropolis that is unruly and overgrown, or an underpass where signs of graffiti are just visible beneath the brush. The tension between the natural and the man made is something that Smiley is fascinated by, and his works in oil on linen or canvas reveals his search for the sentiment of the idyll.
All are mid career artists with a history of group and solo exhibitions.
‘Uneasy Idyll’ as an exhibition theme offers much for the viewer to contemplate and appreciate. The artists reference the traditions of landscape and figurative painting, yet they aim to disrupt these traditions.
Hill Smith Gallery envisions that the exhibition will flow seamlessly from one body of work to the other, while allowing for contrast and interest.
Further information and images contact:
Margo Hill-Smith +61 402 231 517 firstname.lastname@example.org