Hayley Megan French: Hints of things we know - Art Collector

Hayley Megan French, For Ivy, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 150 cm x 270cm. Installation view, Penrith Regional Gallery. Photo: silversalt.

Thinking about what to write about Hayley Megan French’s paintings presented me with a challenging problem and a simultaneous, wonderful, solution. I couldn’t decide which aspect of her work was more important. Was it abstraction? The slowness of those beautiful forms dancing in her work? Was it the landscape, and its fascinating contemporary transformation from colonial hangover (somebody call the art police) to a means of genuine spiritual enlightenment and even, at its best, a way of transcending cultural and historical barriers? Or was it simply French’s painting’s virtuous calm, the marks, the colours, and their satisfying, somehow quiet arrangements? A hard choice, but that is just it. All of these aspects are important, and perhaps that is why I find French’s work so compelling. It operates between moments, between paradigms, between thought and action, and that is exactly why I like looking at them. They refuse to be tethered to one idea.

Jonathan McBurnie, 2015

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Wednesday 6 April 2016
Exhibition closes: 1 May 2016
Location: Galerie pompom, 39 Abercrombie St, Chippendale NSW 2008
Contact: 0430 318 438
Email: pompom@galeriepompom.com

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