A selection of works from the "FIELDS" exhibition by Dinusha Joseph, Christopher Raynor & David Bradtke currently showing at Gallery Elysium ( August 7 - August 29, 2021 )
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An exhibition by Dinusha Joseph, Christopher Raynor& David Bradkte
My work is a mixture of memory and imagination. It is intended to lead the viewer on a journey, into a space that has elements of the familiar but is essentially unknown. While I paint in abstract form, I am drawn to the organic shapes found in nature. I also use the more structured forms of the built environment as a source of inspiration. I utilise visual memory, but do not paint directly from photos or images.
The paintings emerge in layers which influence the composition in an intuitive way. The works are not pre-planned.Rather the process is one of responding to the existing marks and shadows within the painting, in order to achieve a sense of balance as it develops. The materiality of the paint itself is central to the works and their creation.
The emergence of the layers over time also lends a narrative feel to the paintings. It is hoped that they create an atmosphere of wandering in an imagined space. The intention is that the viewer will also bring their own experience and presence to the paintings.
As part of the ʻFields Exhibitionʼ exhibition at Gallery Elysium, Christopher Raynor has produced a series of paintings and mixed media works drawing inspiration from the landscapes of Melbourne, Northern Italy and the islands of Greece in particular Sifnos. Casting his gaze on his surroundings, this current series features a kaleidoscope of landscapes – from the urban environment filled with building sites, shade cloths and fencing, to the rural backdrops of European farming life. Christopher has created works using oil paints and a variety of mixed media to create an optical adventure for the viewer. The landscapes we are presented with can be vast and wide open, or condensed and closed off. There are suburban backyards veiled behind shade cloths to fence them from prying eyes. Mesh screens, donkeys, glowing streams / prisms of colour all reveal the need to never take our environment for granted. Viewers will enjoy zooming in on the many details of the artworks. Christopher finds a learning/or discovery in the process of layering colour and shapes to canvas. It is in the finer details of these landscapes that inspires and tantalise his senses and desires. He hopes the viewer will find excitement, curiosity and solace in this collection of impressions, mixed together and revealed to you in these works. Christopher asks us to “Look and discover, paint and draw, share and excite all”. Christopher studied Art, specialising in Painting at the Preston Institute of Technology. After graduation, he worked as an art teacher before embarking on a career running an independent bookshop. His work is featured in both Australian and international collections. Christopher Raynor lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia) June 2021
My artistic background is in Fine Art. I majored in Painting with a sub major in Sculpture at Art School in Prahran during the 1970's before completing a Degree in Art Education at Melbourne University. For many years I taught Art and Design at Secondary level and in Tertiary Orientation Programs as well as running weekend workshops at the Melbourne Museum to coincide with major temporary exhibitions. In 2012, I formally retired from full time teaching and rekindled my passion for creating artworks in my home studio. An artist's eye and creative sensibilities are always present when a body of work is evolving. It is only the medium or the formal Elements of Art that change.
It is like having a blueprint that underpins whatever is being investigated and imaginatively explored. In painting, I enjoy the journey into the unknown and experimenting with a variety of materials and ways to apply paint. Many surreal and metaphysical images are the result of impressions and atmospheres felt while extensively traveling through Europe, Asia, Peru and Easter Island. My interest in mythmaking and a fascination for the inner realms of consciousness are often reflected in my work. There is little intellectualizing during the painting process other than to sit and look at the work at different stages and sense what the painting needs. It's a dialogue that I find exciting.