I have wanted to create a body of work that resonates with being in stillness. I’ve been hibernating for the last while reflecting on my mindset. Taking time. Reprogramming. Through the practice of painting I have been practising stillness. These works are all abstract imaginings that are representative of no specific time frame, place or reality but rather a general energy or spirit.
“Western perceptions of land on the other hand position the landscape as the other and the outer, a site to be developed, exploited, and experienced. As a little boy growing up on the land I was constantly evolving within a combination of fear and wonder. The unfolding landscape was filled with forms of heroes and villains contained within nature, seasons, and time. This was and still is providing me with the essential ingredients of connection and experience. My experience of land was not that of conquest, violence, tragedy, or despair yet it existed upon it” – Dean Reilly.
This exhibition is inspired by hikes around Sydney harbour and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. “We have on our doorstep one of Australia’s most diverse geological wonders of all time, The Sydney Basin. My painting inspiration is one small section by comparison but to me its presence is huge. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park with its beautiful Hawkesbury River backdrop magnifies the intense beauty, heightens the light and compounds the stature of the extraordinarily awesome monolithic ROCKS!”- Miranda Summers
This exciting body of work features new approaches and further developments of Andrew’s notable style. From his iconic beach and waterscapes to vibrant birds bursting with personality and colour ‘Mixed Tricks’ includes paintings rendered with looser brushstrokes and an earthy palette embracing Australia’s magnificent iconic bushlands.