James Guppy: Counterpoint - Art Collector

James Guppy, 'Touching Her Back' 2016, acrylic on linen, 71 x 51cm. Courtesy: the artist and Brenda May Gallery, Sydney

For the past few years my work has been driven by an inner malaise and dissatisfaction with "the way things are". This time I am relieved to be returning to a favoured theme...a focus on intimacy, and the body.

These paintings are a celebration of flesh and touch. I wanted to get back to the essence of our being...the complex joy of love, and play between people.

The touching suggests a "music" of intimacy to me...the duets and trios play together in melodies and patterns that flow as they make contact. There are still dissonant moments but this becomes another part of the energies... The entwined flesh is a fugue of shapes and shadows.

Moved by the rhythms and textures of cherished bodies, I have played with these elements to transform lovers at play into a cantata of forms.

- James Guppy, 2016

The works are not the result of an experience recorded with the eye. Instead, they are a mode of translation, a photographic reality that sits in duality and contradiction from the physical reality it stemmed from.

Exhibition opens: 3-5pm Saturday 29 October 2016
Exhibition closes: 24 November 2016
Location: Brenda May Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW 2025
Contact: 02 9318 1122
Email: info@brendamaygallery.com.au
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