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MERRY-GO-ROUND


This exhibition is the beginning of a new series and a deliberate departure from earlier motifs, which took inspiration principally from the landscape. In these, it was the emotive expression and sense of place that was important; firstly at Sandringham foreshore and then St. Kilda.

Space was constructed and formalised in a 'planar' fashion, but not especially analytically.

From the time of winning the John McCaughey Memorial Art Award in 1983, with a painting of the Sandringham landscape, and subsequent exhibitions also displaying an allegiance to this subject, I felt that there was a need to pursue other avenues. I don't want to be 'pigeon-holed' into a painter in one main idiom: 'landscape painter', "portraitist" or 'still life painter" and so on.

The merry-go-round forms the basis of my current works. It is a focus on one aspect of St. Kilda's Luna Park. In many ways this motif, with its over-elaborate ornamentation, has universal appeal. However in this new series, the grotesque and theatrically wild expressions of the horses are stabilised on the picture plane by a building process of frontally constructed space formed through the process of 'painting' rather than being drawn and then coloured in.

It is a conceptual process of working; - at a distance and in the studio. The eye is not fixed at one point and this produces an icon-like austerity in the manner of a frieze. Emphasis is on the two dimensional aspect of the picture-plane, which has been constructed as an integrated whole, merging ornamental carousel structures with the near and distant brightly designed horses.

In some ways, the subject matter is almost kitsch, but I have attempted to fuse my passionate excitement for the subject with a sometimes sombre mood. Some paintings have a higher degree of colour than that which I used in the recent landscape paintings, but this is a joyous motif which is 'controlled' by the strongly drawn lines, as both structure and outline.

Many of the paintings are on paper, which I have glued to canvas after the works were completed. This allows for a greater freedom and flexibility and it also produces a special surface quality.

-- July, 1985



Merry-Go-Round No.9
1985
Acrylic on Paper
on Canvas
152 x 213 cms
Private Collection

Merry-Go-Round No.8
1985
Acrylic on Paper
on Canvas
152 x 213 cms
Private Collection

Merry-Go-Round No.14
1985

Acrylic on Paper on Canvas
152 x 228 cms
Coll. Bendigo Art Gallery

Merry-Go-Round No.15
1985
Acrylic
on Canvas
178 x 335 cms
Coll. Aust. Embassy
Saudi Arabia
Merry-Go-Round
No.27

1985
Acrylic on Paper on Canvas

122 x 213.5 cms
Red Merry-Go-Round
1985
Acrylic on Paper on Canvas
122 x 122 cms
St Francis Xavier College, Melb. Collection
Merry-Go-Round
1985
Acrylic on Paper
on Canvas
152 x 198 cms
Private Collection
Merry-Go-Round No.27
1985
Acrylic on Paper
on Canvas
122 x 122 cms
Private Collection
Merry-Go-Round
1985
Acrylic
on Paper on Canvas
122 x 122 cms
Merry-Go-Round No.18
1985
Acrylic
on Paper on Canvas
122 x 122 cms
Private Collection
Blue Merry-Go-Round
1985
Acrylic
on Paper
122 x 122 cms
Private Collection
Blue Merry-Go-Round No.2
1985
Acrylic
on Paper
122 x 122 cms
Arrangement with Orange and Greens
Merry-Go-Round Series

1985
Acrylic
on Paper
126.5 x 101.5 cms

Merry-Go-Round Horses
(study)

1985
"Carousel Heads"

76 x 56 cms
Private Collection

Merry-Go-Round Diptych
1984
Acrylic
on Paper on Canvas
152 x 427 cms
Holmes a'Court coll.
Merry-Go-Round Horses
2003
Acrylic
on Paper
70 x 100 cms
Merry-Go-Round
Diptych No.2
1986
Acrylic
on Canvas
178 x 413 cms
Private Collection
Merry-Go-Round
No.30
1986
Oil over Acrylic
on Canvas
91 x 102 cms
Private Collection
Merry-Go-Round
No.31
1986
Oil over Acrylic
on Canvas
91 x 102 cms
Private Collection
Carousel in Reds
1985
Acrylic
on Paper
122 x 122 cms
Private Collection
Merry-Go-Round
St Kilda
1984
Charcoal on Paper

70 x 100 cms
Golden Carousel
1985
Acrylic
on Paper
122 x 122 cms
Private Collection
Merry-Go-Round
St Kilda No.2
1984
Charcoal on Paper

70 x 100 cms
Collection of Maroondah Art Gallery Vic.
Carousel Gold
2004
Acrylic on Paper

56 x 76 cms
Collection of Maroondah Art Gallery Vic.
Merry-Go-Round
No.24
1984
Charcoal on Paper

77 x 112 cms
Golden Merry-Go-Round
2004
Acrylic on Paper

34 x 52 cms
Private Collection
Carousel I
No.24
2003
Acrylic on Paper

77 x 112 cms
Coll. Castlemaine Art Gallery
Merry-Go-Round
No.23

1985
Acrylic on Canvas

178 x 213 cms
Merry-Go-Round Series No.28
1985
Acrylic on Paper
122 x 122 cms
Private Collection
Merry-Go-Round
No.21

1985
Acrylic on Canvas

178 x 213 cms
Merry-Go-Round
No.20

1985
Acrylic on Canvas

178 x 213 cms
Collection of Maroondah Art Gallery Vic.

Merry-Go-Round Greys
1985
Acrylic
on Paper
77 x 110.5 cms
Merry-Go-Round
Horses

1985
Charcoal on Paper

77 x 112 cms
Coll. Bendigo Art Gallery
Merry-Go-Round
No.5

1985
Acrylic on Paper on Canvas

152 x 200 cms
Merry-Go-Round - Heading Around
1984

Charcoal on Paper
70 x 100 cms
Merry-Go-Round No.21
1984
Charcoal on Paper
77 x 112 cms
Merry-Go-Round No.30
1984

Charcoal on Paper

77 x 112 cms