Contemporary Landscape Paintings
2 May - 13 May
2-13 May 2017
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
opening: Tuesday 2 May, 5pm to 7pm
…the juxtaposition of urban and natural forms, and the ongoing attempts to reconcile our lives with our places.
Contemporary landscape painting sits in a very specific relation to history as well as to place, culture and identity. Landscape painting throughout the twentieth century became a marginalised practice in the context of twentieth century abstraction and certain narrow readings of modernism. However, it remained a vital resource and practice for artists, and some of the most memorable images from the period are landscapes such as Drysdale’s The Cricketers (1948), Brack’s Collins St 5pm, Nolan’s Ned Kelly series and Smart’s Cahill Expressway . Today’s practitioners of the craft range from the folk tradition of Sunday painters to highly acclaimed contemporary painters as diverse in their approaches as William Robinson (AUS), Philip Wolfhagen (AUS), Antonio Lopez Garcia (SPAIN)and Wayne Thiebaud (USA). Ranging from a high degree of urban realism (Lopez Garcia) to gothic-inspired forests and mountains (Robinson), Turner-esque studies of cloud forms (Wolfhagen), and stylised flattened forms that recall both mid century modernism and pop (Thiebaud) contemporary landscape painting is a vibrant plethora.
This body of work has a very simple premise. It grew out of my interest in looking at things in the world around me and making pictures. These works come not from an analysis, but from an encounter. The work is not a proposition but a set of objects. On the other hand you will encounter recurring themes – I am fascinated by the juxtaposition of urban and natural forms, and the ongoing attempts to reconcile our lives with our places. I feel very passionately about the particularities of the volumes of space that are uniquely Australian. And I am very grateful for the vast resource of paintings made across history upon which we can draw, and without which, these works could not exist.
Alexandra Sassé is a painter based in Melbourne, Australia. She exhibits in national curated exhibitions and solo shows. She writes art criticism for Australian Trouble Mag, and UK The Jackdaw as well as on her blog. A short film about her work screened at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and the Lido Cinema in 2016. Sassé has been shortlisted for the Moran Prize twice and the National Portrait Award three times and Highly Commended in the Arc Yinnar Drawing Award. The Melbourne Cricket Club has six of her works on permanent display.
Alexandra Sassé holds an MFA from Monash University and a PGDVA from the Victorian College of the Arts.