Geelong artist Steve Salo found inspiration in artists through history while creating an exciting series of portraits for his upcoming solo exhibition opening at Metropolis Gallery on Saturday March 1. Portraits of others can reflect as much about the painter as the subject and we find ourselves looking at the artist in the eye of his subjects.
This exhibition represents a rebirth of Salo’s art practice, which came to an abrupt halt last year when his Surfcoast studio was burnt to the ground, destroying many of his paintings. But just as the bush regenerates after fire, Steve’s very expressive paintings have flourished on fertile ground.
Atmospheric light and quiet moods typify the minimalist, expressive paintings in Clive Sinclair’s solo exhibition Landscapes.
Sinclair’s energetic works are painted with an attitude and his economy of gesture evokes the essence of landscape with an ambiguous solidity of form. While his paintings may be associated with Impressionism, Clive is closer to the tonal realist influences of Clarice Beckett and others of the Meldrum School.
Clive commenced art studies in 1973 with John Lennox followed by a further 12 months with Max Casey in tonal realism. Clive then studied art in Copenhagen for 6 months and subsequently lived in London and Scotland, touring the major galleries of Europe. In 2011 Clive was named Victorian Artist’s Society ‘Artist of the Year’.
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