Del Kathryn Barton
Ben Quilty - Jan Murphy Gallery
Ben Quilty’s painting is not polite. Smeared, smudged, caked and slapped onto the picture plane with bold virtuosity, his rich impasto works challenge assumptions. Using bold and unsettling subjects, Quilty explores the problematic relationship between the personal and the cultural.
Guy Maestri - Jan Murphy Gallery
Guy Maestri paints from a point of physical immersion in the landscape. The material and temporal challenges of extended painting sessions in the harsh country around Hill End, Wilcannia and Broken Hill has been instrumental in a new understanding of local art histories and ecologies. Maestri's paintings construct and deconstruct atmosphere and elemental qualities of the landscape. Beholden to intimacies of place, the artist stakes out a subtle void or stillness in these dry landscapes…
Archibald Prize Archibald 2018 finalist: The fourth week of parenthood (self-portrait) by Guy Maestri
As the title suggests, Guy Maestri’s self-portrait was painted in the first weeks of being a new father. ‘It was painted in the mirror, during a few stolen hours of studio time,’ says the artist, who was born in Mudgee, New South Wales, and lives and works in Sydney.