Mitch Cairns finds new home after Breenspace closure - Art Collector

Mitch Cairns, Convent Wall, 2013. Oil on linen, 137.2 x 152.4cm. Courtesy: the artist and The Commercial, Sydney

22 January 2014 | Sydney-based painter Mitch Cairns has gained representation with inner city Sydney gallery The Commercial.

Cairns was one of a number of artists who were affected by the closure of Breenspace late last year. He had been represented by the gallery since 2008. A statement from The Commercial respectfully acknowledged “the good care, effort and insight that Breenspace invested in Mitch’s early career”.

He is both a figurative painter and cartoonist. Characteristic is his deft use of line and ability to whittle away extraneous detail from his subject matter – envelopes, umbrellas, women’s waistlines, piano keyboards.

Cairns has an extensive exhibition history for a young artist, having been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Campbelltown Arts Centre and the Ian Potter Museum as well as holding solos at Breenspace, Kalimanrawlins, Boxcopy, MOP Projects and Locksmith.

His first solo exhibition at The Commercial will be held early next year.

Jane O'Sullivan

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