SOPHIE DUNLOP - Clear Light II

For most still life painters, the ‘exacting’ nature of their work is the careful and orderly placement of inanimate objects within the constructs of an orchestrated setting, and thereafter depicting invariably, the changeable yet natural light and shade of the day.

Art Exhibition previously on at Catherine Asquith Gallery (Archived) in Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 28 February 2012 to Saturday 17 March 2012
Launch Wednesday 29 February 2012, 6 to 8pm

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For Sophie Dunlop however, whilst her predecessors have certainly exerted an influence on her art practice, she has been perhaps more leisurely in ‘setting the scene’. Her studio, is ‘littered’ with assemblages of glassware, porcelain, gorgeous and fragile seashells collected from her increasingly infrequent walks along the beach, and an embryonic collection of antiques, the catalyst for the latter having emanated from her .late father’s insistence to paint “more beautiful things”. Her father was, of course, the distinguished realist, Brian Dunlop.

Inspired by these humble props that punctuate her studio, Sophie relishes the unique and intricate details of each object she conveys. Her meticulous style is countered with a curious eye and unconventional composition, to provide the viewer with a fresh yet thoughtful vision of the familiar. Shapes and colours repeat to draw a delicate link between the most disparate of objects. Sophie imbues her subject matter with a quality that goes beyond the purely visual; she injects the canvas with intensified colour and texture so that the viewer may go beyond the surface.

Sophie believes she inherited a desire to be an artist, notwithstanding an initial resistance during her teenage years. And with the maturity now of a decade or so of formal practice as an artist, she finds that one painting flows into another, confirming her career choice.

In this new series, Sophie has focused on ‘light’: that evoked by the literal glass objects encompassed in her compositions as much as the metaphor of ‘light’, and all its various connotations. Compositionally, Sophie hopes for the perception of looking through stained glass windows, when viewing these paintings; discerning the light bouncing off the objects, and enjoying the reflection of shadows.

“Clear Light II” is also something of a tribute to her late father: at the time of his death (December 2009), Sophie had just commenced painting glassware, recalling one of his favourite sayings, “on a clear day you can see forever”.

For all enquiries including further images and/or a copy of the artist’s CV, please contact Catherine Asquith Gallery, (03) 9417 2828 or email enquiries@catherineasquithgallery.com

View exhibition on line @ www.catherineasquithgallery.com

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