Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 26 Spring 2010 Contents 204 INSITE SPRING 2010
Some of your portraits are realistic while
others are more abstract. How do you
determine the best style to capture a subject?
I group my work into ‘figurative’ and
‘portraiture’. The groups of portrait paintings
fall into ‘clusters’, which determines their
style. For example, the most recent series,
Legacy, is a collection of portraits from
found images of anonymous people. I was
very curious about their lives and they had a
mysterious sense of knowing. My figurative
works are looser and spontaneous. They often
depict movement and can be manipulated on
the canvas. I like the mix of styles.
Your paintings are renowned for having a
highly ethereal mood. What appeals to you
about that aesthetic?
I am very pleased people respond to the
work. The portraits are meant to be emotive
and hopefully show the essence of the
person. The figurative work is an implied
narrative. There is no literal meaning. I like
viewers to use their own imagination to
come up with an interpretation. Some people
find my work a little dark. This is not my
intention. I hope they’re thought-provoking,
inspirational and strong images.
What artists have inspired your paintings?
I get fixated on a particular artist for a little
while. At the moment it’s Francis Bacon,
Lucien Freud and Gilbert and George. I also
admire Ron Mueck’s sculpture. The scale
of his work is what makes it so dramatic,
whether it be larger or smaller than life. I
try to keep my work fresh. I think audiences
get bored if you keep churning out the same
work when I can.
What have you tried to achieve with your
latest exhibition at Gunyulgup Galleries?
This is a collection of all of my recent
styles; an eclectic mix of ‘clusters’ and
my figurative work. I hope people will
enjoy the variety.
What would you like to explore f urther with
your art in the future?
I think my next step will be pushing the
figurative work further. I want to keep going
with my ‘clusters’ theme – when I find a
group I would like to paint.
Rachel Coad: New Pa intings, September 26
- October 10, Gunyulgup Valley Drive, Yallingup,
(08) 9755 2177, gunyulgupgalleries.com .au.
FACE TO FACE
Perth-based artist Rachel Coad is renowned for her distinctive paintings, filled with
poignant figures that quietly command attention. We catch up with Rachel to discuss her
work and the inspiration behind her latest exhibition at Gunyulgup Galleries.
Get your art fix at these galleries on your
next trip to the beautiful South-West.
THE STUDIO GALLERY
This brand-new, purpose-built art studio
will feature leading Australian artists over
the coming months, including Peter Kendall
and Jacinda Bayne, who have a joint show in
December. Meanwhile, the kitchen boasts
Blai r Allen, former head chef from Voyager
Estate. The official opening on October 2 is the
launch of the inaugural exhibition, Gallery
Artists Preview Show.
7 Marrinup Drive, Yallingup, (08) 9756 6371,
December sees New Beginnings, a range of
works by artist and gallery owner Denise
Gillies and members of the South West
Printmakers. Complementing them will be
ceramics, glassware, jewellery, handcrafted
books, textiles, furniture and fashion made
by local artisans. Gold coin entry will go to
SolarisCare, an alternative therapy program
designed to integrate with cancer treatment.
December 3-5, 828 Crooked Brook Road,
Dardanup (Follow Ferguson Road to Ironstone
Road), (08) 9728 3038, lyndendale.com.au .
Season 1 by Rachel Coad.
Links Archive Insite 25 Winter 2010 Insite 27 Summer 2010 Navigation Previous Page Next Page