New Territory

Wendy Stokes

Art Exhibition previously on at Catherine Asquith Gallery (Archived) in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia. Published by anonymous on Friday 30 November 2007. Tuesday 19 February 2008 to Saturday 08 March 2008. Opening Thursday 21 February 2008 6 to 8pm.

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New South Wales-based artist Wendy Stokes, will be exhibiting her latest body of work entitled New Territory, throughout February and March, an exhibition comprising paintings derivative of the landscape.

The gestural expressive paintings of Wendy Stokes emanate the character and spirit of Australia. Wendy has always lived by the water’s edge, whether it has been near an inland river, coastal estuary or the shores of the Pacific Ocean. She currently resides on the mid north coast of New South Wales, an environment which provides a rich source material for her work.

Some of Australia’s best abstract expressionist artists are women, and Wendy is no exception. Her work has been reviewed as a painter who is a confident mark-maker, demonstrating the assurance and sensitivity of a developed artist. As mark-makers go, Wendy has ‘the touch’.

Wendy’s works are confident and fresh, positive in attitude and response, recalling the stain and spontaneity of Frankenthaler and Mitchell. The spirit of lyrical abstraction remains a valid aesthetic response to the very strong and visual raw energy of her life and the landscape. Separate but integral to the obvious physical sources of her work that inspire her, the ocean, shoreline and tide, the snowfields and rock faces, are the metaphorical links or references to ourselves. As Wendy states:

I simply do what painting is for me – a celebration of spirit.


Catherine Asquith Gallery, Ground Floor, 130 Flinders Street, Melbourne