Adam Pyett: New Paintings - Art Collector

Adam Pyett, Eucalyptus leaves with yellow flowers, 2017, oil on linen, 76.5 x 61.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sophie Gannon Gallery

Despite working within the conventions of the still life genre – based on the depiction of ‘things’ – Adam Pyett’s paintings are not merely representations of assorted objects: they are things in the world in their own right. They are the means through which he tests the potential of the paint medium, his own abilities as an artist and the viewer’s skills of perception. Each painting is an exercise with a defined goal: to make a two-dimensional image that is more satisfying than the original three-dimensional form on which it is based. The surfaces of Pyett’s canvases rely on deft textural manipulations for their compelling visuality and tactility. Variegated passages of density and sparseness, scraped or rubbed back sections that reveal just a suggestion of colour test the material and its capacity, in the artist’s hand, to model and propose form. This latest body of work continues Pyett’s simultaneous observation of the structure and inherent symbolism of objects, and the material potential – and beauty – of paint.

Exhibition opens: 3pm-5pm, Saturday 5 August 2017
Exhibition closes: 19 August 2017
Location: Sophie Gannon Gallery, 2 Albert St, Richmond, VIC 3121
Contact: +61 3 9421 0857
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