Image Credit: Sydney Ball, Infinix #30, 2012, acrylic on shaped canvas, 89 x 131 cm. Courtesy of Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.
22 October – 20 November 2016
Arguably colour is at its purest when it is absolutely frontal and flat and when the descriptive functions of local colour – denoting light and shadow, aerial and traditional perspective, changes of texture and substance – are subordinated to the service of colour at its most intense expression.
– Alun Leach-Jones, Sketchbook Vol. VIII 2001
Colour can trigger both physical and psychological experiences. The colours we see every day all have a particular vibration, meaning and energy which influences us in different ways. Russian abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky said: “Colour provokes a psychic vibration. Colour hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.”
Colour Vibration showcases a selection of Australian artists, including Howard Arkley, David Aspden, Sydney Ball, Ralph Balson, John Firth-Smith, Rosalie Gascoigne, George Johnson and Alun Leach-Jones. With works spanning from 1960 to 2012, the exhibition highlights a range of approaches, with a focus on colour and form. In many of the works colour can be seen as a formal device that binds and holds a composition together, emphasizing the influence and authority colour holds within the works.
In this selection of works the use of colour and form offers a multi-sensory experience – the works hum, drone, pulse and buzz with colour vibration, creating a melody and rhythm and can be felt and well as be seen.