IMAGES THAT HAVE BEEN REDEEMED THROUGH PAINTING

JAMES ROWELL

3 Aug 2017 to 13 Aug 2017

Images that have been redeemed through painting consists of eleven images that attempt to make the viewer uncomfortable in some way. There are two works with amusing biblical quotes about rocks, the US Capitol in Washington, real estate billboards, images of ears, a chemistry beaker and two referencing Queen Victoria which Rowell describes as "a horrible choice of subject matter found in the War Memorial". His subjects are selected because they don't make sense in the context of 21st century art. Thus the exhibition is a process of image redemption through through tone and colour. Dubious subjects are presented anew, with the heavy layering of colour that Rowell has become known for.

Image: James Rowell, Queen Victoria, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 75 x 60cm; courtesy of the artist


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