Artist Christopher Beaumont is the second artist to take up residence in the studio which is attached to fortyfivedownstairs’ large gallery space.
It’s particularly appropriate to Christopher’s work that the studio was formerly used as a kitchen space for gallery functions, as he has always been fascinated by still life, and in particular the humble everyday aspects of our daily life and bread – in his hands the potato, the pumpkin, the eggplant and onion become precious, their apparently simplicity transformed into objects of beauty.
A committee that included Julian Burnside, Chair of fortyfivedownstairs, and artists Jon Cattapan and Kate Dawe, decided that Christopher, with his dedicated and determined art practice, was an ideal candidate for the studio residency, which also involves talking to some of the numerous senior student groups that visit the gallery each year.
The residency culminates in a two week exhibition, from 27 May 2014. It will be almost ten years since Christopher Beaumont last exhibited at fortyfivedownstairs!
Image: Open studio day, May 2014, images by Matto Lucas.