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Objects in Spaces Exhibition

Objects in Spaces Exhibition
Oliver Abbott and Bernie Greaves
23 March – 16 April at Michael Reid Southern Highlands

Objects in Spaces, now open on the lower floor gallery of Michael Reid Southern Highlands, joins Oliver Abbott and Bernie Greaves, two Sydney-based artists working with oil paints- though to vastly differing ends. Greaves heaps dense layers of pigment atop his canvases, quickly. Abbot tenderly arranges thin stretches of colour.

Having both made their debut with Michael Reid last year, Objects in Spaces sees these artist redoubling their commitment to our collector base, and progressing forward as emerging painters worthy of attention.

Currently undertaking a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the National Art School, the work of Oliver Abbott appears to yield one quiet epiphany after another. Be it a vase placed in the extreme corner of a room or a single brass cup, his paintings have such lasting depth – cleverly disguised by their modesty of subject matter and economy of palette. In this regard, they take after the beloved art of Giorgio Morandi.

Bernie Greaves’ works stem from his keen observation of the objects that populate his studio. Attached to the home of his grandparents, the artists considers these objects as tethers to their history, having come to Australia as migrants from old-world Europe. Bernard utilises the energy and motion of the application of paint to evoke a visceral response so that one may see, touch and smell the pigment in front of them – thereby reanimating his objects from life onto canvas.

Cuated by Amber Creswell Bell, Objects in Space aims to correct “a perceptible and condescending hangover in some quarters of the art world”, one which considers the still life genre ‘the preserve of women and Sunday painters’. Still life is genre that thrives in its wide participation, so urges Amber, never to be backed into a corner of parochialism.

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