Mute, witness & the wave - 2023
aluminium pigment, oil and alkyd on linen
190 x 160 cm
Courtesy of the artist
Andrew Browne has exhibited throughout Australia at public and dealer galleries over the last four decades. His work is held in significant collections both here and overseas, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the British Museum in London, and has been curated into numerous surveys of contemporary art at state galleries and museums. His visual language embraces the phenomena of illumination, the nocturne, and the happen-chance of the everyday, teasing an often uncanny, strange or surreal mood through a collision of realism and abstraction, in exploring "a landscape alienated from the picturesque".
'This painting collides happen-chance yet inevitably loaded subject - a stylised & towering wave, a decrepit weathered gate, and a darkened nocturnal landscape beyond the threshold - in an intended allusion to the vagaries of elemental nature, times passing and our ever-present mortality. Beyond its playful painterly abstractions from the 'real', its elements also inevitably conjure up a strange, even absurdist physiognomy - a comically mute witness - that stares inscrutably back at the beholder, mirroring our own projections into uncertain and finally unknowable realms.'
This artwork will be on display in the 2023 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Finalist Exhibition from Saturday 25 November 2023 until Sunday 18 February 2024.
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