Arthouse Gallery is delighted to present this exhibition which features a selection of new and exciting works from Ian Greig, Belinda Fox and Susan Hipgrave.
Susan Hipgrave’s sculptural and painterly process references 19th century ornithological and botanical illustrative texts. Painting on what she calls a ‘circular canvas’, Hipgrave executes, through fine fluid black linear work, a resurrection of the intricacies of forgotten scientific illustration. Her detailed and delicate paintings link the past to the present in her attempt to understand the natural in an increasingly unnatural world.
Drawing from her virtuosic skills as a former Master Printer and fusing together profoundly personal and global concerns, Belinda Fox’s work lays bare the paradoxes endemic to contemporary human experience. Working across a variety of mediums, Fox examines the volatility of our era, excavating the iridescent beauty that flickers below the shadowy surface of conflict and despair. Currently based in Melbourne, Fox presents us with a series in which beauty is a gateway into dense conceptual terrain patchworked with blackness and light, an ‘antidote’ to our polarised epoch; a bridge connecting us through a shared – albeit almost forgotten – humanity.
Seeking meaning in form and rhythm, Ian Greig approaches painting as a poetic gesture; a means of siphoning the aesthetic and philosophical currency of the world around us. This collection of works on paper were produced while in Bangalow, a small town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Greig’s creative process is fluid and organic. Without any preconceived ideas of the outcomes, he works intuitively, engaging with the behaviour of the medium through a melange of surface effects to depict this unique, subtropical landscape.