Abstraction: The Heide Collection

This exhibition brings together a selection of Heide Collection works from the 1930s to the present that show several individual approaches to abstraction. The featured artists are predominantly painters, all of whom share a more gestural or lyrical style of mark-making.

Art Exhibition previously on at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 04 July 2015 to Sunday 11 October 2015

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The earliest works in the exhibition are by Sam Atyeo and Sidney Nolan, two of the first proponents of abstraction in Melbourne. Both studied for a time at the National Gallery School before rejecting its academic approach in favour of following self-directed, more experimental practices. Atyeo’s non-objective compositions based on living forms were often inspired by dance and music, while Nolan produced geometric designs with expressive elements that take their cue from the work of Bauhaus modernists such as Paul Klee and László Moholy-Nagy.

While the next phase of modernist abstraction is represented by the likes of Roger Kemp, whose paintings and prints are inspired by universal rhythms and the transcendental possibilities of non-representational visual language, more recent works see a return to abstraction from known things or experiences of the world. Paul Boston’s meditative arrangements of ambiguous organic shapes draw on his experience of Zen philosophy and his reflections on being. Open-ended associations are likewise a hallmark of Aida Tomescu’s intensively worked mixed-media paintings, which combine a dense application of paint, emotive colour and calligraphic brushstrokes. With evocative titles they summon figurative allusions yet at the same time resist being limited to one interpretation.