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A life seen through cut outs

10 April - 5 May

KERRY ARMSTRONG

A life seen through cut outs

10 April – 5 May 2018

hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
admission: Free

Finding figuration through means of abstraction…

'Pigface #2' 2018, Paddocks for Ponies, Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen, 140 x 140 cm
'Pigface #2' 2018, Paddocks for Ponies, Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen, 140 x 140 cm

'Pigface #2' 2018, Paddocks for Ponies, Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen, 140 x 140 cm

‘Looking for Haynet’ 2018, Paddocks for Ponies, Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen, 203 x 203 cm

‘Looking for Haynet’ 2018, Paddocks for Ponies, Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen, 203 x 203 cm

‘First Sketch’ 2017 Paddocks for Ponies Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen 190 x 250 cm

‘First Sketch’ 2017, Paddocks for Ponies, Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen, 190 x 250 cm

'Girl in Grass' 2018, Paddocks for Ponies, Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen, 71 x 71 cm

'Girl in Grass' 2018, Paddocks for Ponies, Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen, 71 x 71 cm

Interior

'Pigface #2' 2018, Paddocks for Ponies, Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen, 140 x 140 cm‘Looking for Haynet’ 2018, Paddocks for Ponies, Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen, 203 x 203 cm‘First Sketch’ 2017 Paddocks for Ponies Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen 190 x 250 cm'Girl in Grass' 2018, Paddocks for Ponies, Oil and Acrylic on Belgian Linen, 71 x 71 cm

Typically, Kerry Armstrong paints from events, memories and emotions. Paddocks for Ponies was the first series that saw her subconsciously exploring her future.

Paradoxically, what started as a draft for impending plans has seen the needle now draw back across the past.

Reflecting a subconscious discovery of child-like memories and instances, Kerry approaches each piece with a strong sense of play and naivety. Within the process she is always seeking to build an understanding of the narrative rather than create the aesthetic value in the piece.

Feeding from spontaneity, the palette contains a sequence of numeric and tangible values. Working with decisive idiosyncratic colours, she maintains an integrity and powerful emotion with each purposeful stroke. Finding figuration through means of abstraction, Kerry flagrantly makes marks in order to feel her way sequentially through the process of the piece. The intuitive nature of her strokes recalls a memory wrought with purpose and emotion.

Preferring a degree of physical separation and otherness when reflecting on her works, Kerry works to a large scale. Aiming to feel engulfed by her piece ultimately small by comparison she uses scale to amplify play and purity. Viewers of the work are invited to feel absorbed and drawn into the narrative along with the artist through scale.

Applying the same spontaneity and child-like principles, materials are not used sparingly. Simultaneously investigating contrasting textures of oil and acrylic paints Kerry moves with a rapid motion, working with the piece until reaching a subconscious resolute.

I am a Melbourne-based Abstract Expressionist.

My work allows me to capture and document moments of raw emotional honesty. I paint episodic glimpses of my life resulting in a deeper connection to subconscious, personal matter.

A physical distance and ‘otherness’ I feel when sitting back observantly from my work initiates and flirts with further dialogue. I’m always working towards a sense of self-understanding and growth through the work.

Kerry Armstrong

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Solo Show “All kinds of truth” 650 Church St, Richmond VIC
2016 Solo Show “Tell a stranger” Yellow House Gallery, Potts Point, NSW
2016 Solo Show “Circular Thoughts” Metro Gallery, Armadale, VIC
2015 Solo Show “Storms come early” Yellow House Gallery, Potts Point, NSW

Group Exhibitions
2017 Group Show Owen Dixon Chambers, VIC
2016 Group Show Denfair, Exhibition Centre, VIC
2015 Group Show Yellow House Gallery, Potts Point NSW
2015 Group Show Denfair, Exhibition Centre, VIC
2014 Group Show “Melbourne Collective”, Cooks Hill Gallery Newcastle NSW
2014 Group Show “Shaking the Kaleidoscope” Tusk Gallery, Prahran, VIC
2014 Group Show “Ready to bare” Liquid Art House Gallery, Boston USA
2014 Group Show “Peace of Art” Prahran, VIC
2014 Group Show CamART 2014, Canterbury, VIC

Publications
London Design Journal – Mim Design – Case Meallin Project

Contemporist – Mim Design – Case Meallin Project

Media
Vogue Living, Belle Magazine, Home beautiful, Home Design Magazine, Grand
Designs, Art Edit, Australian Country Homes

Collaborations
Aurelio Costarella – Couture Collection – London/Paris 2016

Art Prizes
Entrant – Wynne Prize – 2016
Entrant – Belle Arti Prize – 2016
Entrant – Paddington Prize – 2016

Collections
Francesca Packer Sydney
VIP Suite Mirage Resort Port Douglas
Box Hill Hospital
Numerous Private residences, Boston, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Italy, NZ

Details

Start:
10 April
End:
5 May
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Venue

fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Phone:
03 9662 9966
Website:
http://www.fortyfivedownstairs.com/

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Artist
Kerry Armstrong
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