A.J. Taylor: Hinterland - Art Collector

A.J. Taylor, At the edge of the forest (early light), 2017. Oil on board, 79 x 87cm. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery.


Hinterland is a German word literally meaning ‘behind-land’, that is used to describe an inland area adjacent to the coast. Queensland artist A.J. Taylor’s latest exhibition contains paintings inspired by the unique hinterland environment of the Sunshine Coast.

Just north of Nambour, Parklands Conservation Park is a large area of bushland with an extensive network of mountain bike tracks that affords access to a diverse range of vegetation. This series depicts scenes glimpsed passing through this landscape. As an artist who lives in the area, Taylor’s deep knowledge of the terrain allows him to portray the landscape with a local’s perspective.

There is a deliberate reference here to the Heidelberg painters, particularly Fred McCubbin and Tom Roberts, though the works are far from being traditional landscapes. From a distance, the pictures offer glimpses of recognition and suggest familiar contexts. Up close, however, they fragment into abstracted codes, where painterly blips and dashes both camouflage and signal the precarious nature of vision.


Exhibition closes: 22 April 2017
Location: Jan Murphy Gallery, 468 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Contact: +61 7 3254 1855
Email: bayoush@janmurphygallery.com.au
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