James Guppy, ‘Strategic environment’, 2018. Acrylic on polycotton, 100 x 150 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

Based in Northern NSW and originally from the UK, painter James Guppy has been exhibiting in Australia for over three decades. His upcoming exhibition, The Venal Garden, is characteristic of the gentle absurdist style he uses to consider contemporary society.

“In these works, I am playing with the history of paint and value. I started with details from Dutch flower paintings created around the time of the Tulip Boom in the 1600’s. These still life paintings were esteemed as an expression of affluence for the burgeoning mercantile class.

Contemporary capitalism has its roots in Holland and Britain during this period. The Tulip hysteria of this time was the first modern economic bubble and the tulip bulbs created the first “futures market.”

Exhibition opens: 5–7pm Wednesday 10 October 2018
Exhibition closes: 27 October 2018
Location: Jan Murphy Gallery, 486 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD
Phone: +61 7 3254 1855


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