Scott Redford

Blood Disco

For his first exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland artist Scott Redford drags art history into popular culture, using the materials that create surfboards he produces monochromatic paintings, some embellished with images. As he writes: "these surf paintings are about style: surf style, art style and the birth of cool."

Art Exhibition previously on at Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia.
From Thursday 13 December 2007 to Sunday 30 March 2008

Surf painting / Blood disco image

Published by Art Gallery of New South Wales on Tuesday 05 February 2008.
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Redford’s AGNSW Contemporary Project, Blood disco, comprises seven large surf paintings. Redford commissioned some of Australia’s best surfboard-makers to create works manufactured in a similar way to surfboards. Made from resin and fibreglass his surf paintings often include figurative elements such as high-rises and palm trees. They play out a dialogue between two aspects of art history – Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. And in doing so, the surf paintings emphasise the idea of ritual, of art-making and wave-riding; the ritualised practice of honing your skills to experience the biggest and best wave, and the quasi-religious status of painting.