"STILL and WITHIN"
Alison Mackay with Nic Mason at Project Gallery 90, Sydney
90, Oxford Street, Paddington 28th November - 11th December 2019
Opening night: Thursday 28th November 6pm-8pm
All enquiries to: Katie Hopkinson-Pointer on 0402 144 350
Or view gallery catalogue at: www.projectgallery90.com/
"Succulent Garden" Oil on 2 birch panels (unframed) 34cm x 95cm $1,200- SOLD
"Flowers with Portrait Book and Secateurs" Oil on stretched canvas (unframed) 76cm x 91cm $1,600- SOLD
"Dancer on the Table (Olley's dining room)" Oil under beeswax on birch panel (unframed) 25cm x 20cm $590- SOLD
"3 Cacti" Oil on birch panel (unframed) 50cm x 50cm $950- SOLD
"Celia's Camellias with Skull Cloth" Oil on birch panel (unframed) 60cm diameter $1,000- SOLD
‘Still and Within’ includes both interiors and still life paintings by Alison Mackay. The title references the actuality of these works, but also hints at an introspective mindset integral to the painting process – a focused and internalised headspace found in the artist’s studio.
The interiors are from a range of artist residencies undertaken in recent years – from the reconstructed home of legendary painter, Margaret Olley, (now part of the Tweed Regional Gallery) to a remote bush cottage on the Monaro (a Defiance Gallery all-female residency) and the iconic Glenn Murcutt ‘Wave’ house on the NSW south coast.
The still life works continue a tradition of close observation and painterly exploration by the artist where, although there is beauty in the works, this is not their sole purpose. Reflection and refraction allow the artist to play with the idea of a distorted world - and the objects themselves hint at other stories reflecting the artist’s current preoccupations.
Both the still lifes and interiors have a commonality - celebrating and exploring objects and surroundings through the exuberant use of paint. The paint itself is as important as the subject matter – its movement becomes the language for describing volumes and surfaces; and for the artist, a sixth sense through which to explore form and texture.