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NO JUNK - MAIL?

 

No Junk - Mail?
1993-4
Acrylic on several canvases
208 x 416 cms
Private Collection New York
In Ter Flora
1995
Acrylic on Linen Canvas
205 x 305 cm
s
Southern Health coll.

Garden Display
1995
Acrylic on Linen
205 x 312 cms
LaTrobe University coll.

Barrow with Specials
1993
Acrylic on Paper

122 x 152 cms
Lindenderry Coll., Vic.
Transformed Garden Still Life
1994

Acrylic on Canvas
152 x 274 cms
Nursery
1995
Acrylic on Linen Canvas
120 x 210 cms
Private Collection

Arrangement with
Yellow Roses No.1

1993
Oil on Canvases
triptych
51 x 40.5 cm
s each
Private Collection

Arrangement with
Yellow Roses No.2

1993
Oil on Canvases
composition with four canvases
51 x 40.5 cm
s each
Private Collection

The Flower Paintings 1993-1996

These began as a conscious attempt to 'start again' - to learn and reacquaint myself with the fundamental ideas about painting that has informed artists from a long historical lineage. I chose the 'flowers in a vase' motif because it offered an organic form (flowers) with a man-made structure (vase) and a spatial setting - a table top. The fragility of the flowers meant that they required a more direct and urgent attack. They constantly change in the vase, so expressive speed is necessary, in order to finish with a work that has all of the qualities that I seek in my painting.
I must add that I had at the time regarded the painting of flowers as a particularly 'taboo' or 'non-male' art direction in contemporary art practice, even though Manet, Monet, Corot, Van Gogh and Morandi, among others, who I greatly admire had worked with this subject; but took on this challenge anyway.
These paintings led to subseqent exhibitions : No Junk - Mail? and Suburban Ornament.

Flower Paintings
No Junk - Mail? Exhibition
Christine Abraham's Gallery
Installation View
Nasturtiums No.1
1993

Oil on Linen
51 x 40.5 cms
Lindenderry Coll., Vic.
Nasturtiums No.2
1993

Oil on Linen
51 x 40.5 cms
Lindenderry Coll., Vic.
Iris (study)
1996

Oil on Canvas
51 x 40.5 cms
Private Collection
Geraniums (Day)
1993

Oil on Linen
51 x 40.5 cms
Geraniums (Night)
1993

Oil on Linen
51 x 40.5 cms
Lindenderry Coll., Vic.
Yellow Roses
1993
Oil on Canvas
51 x 40.5 cms
Lindenderry Coll., Vic.
Liliums in a Garden
1995

Oil on Canvas
91 x 122 cms
Private Collection
Liliums - Study
1995

Oil on Linen
40.5 x 51 cms
Sunflowers Still Life in a Garden
1998

Oil on Linen
152 x 152 cms
Ranunculas
1993

Oil on Canvas
51 x 40.5 cms
Lindenderry Coll., Vic.

Ranunculas
1993
Oil on Canvas
51 x 40.5 cms
Lindenderry Coll., Vic.

Ranunculas
1993
Oil on Canvas
51 x 40.5 cms
Ranunculas
1993
Oil on Canvas
51 x 40.5 cms
Lindenderry Coll., Vic.
Wheelbarrow with Cottage Garden
1995
Oil on Canvas
40.5 x 51 cms
Private Collection
Petunias
1993
Oil on Linen
50 x 40.5 cms
Lindenderry Coll., Vic.
Study for Barrow of Specials
1995
Acrylic on Paper
56.5 x 76 cms