Paul Davies: Everything Loose Will Land In LA - Art Collector

Paul Davies, Untitled, 2017, Vinyl acrylic copolymer and acrylic on canvas, 177 x 151cm. Courtesy of the artist and OLSEN Gallery

Like loose objects, Australian gum trees are scattered randomly about Los Angeles and provide a visual link with Australia. I combined this link with the shared gold rush history between Australia and California, and called the exhibition Double Golden Gully. Golden Gully is a now abandoned gold mining location in New South Wales and I added "Double" to refer to the gamble miners took seeking fame and fortune just as the hopefuls do in LA today.

In addition to this, Golden Gully is a place of significance to Australian artists and poets who documented the nearby town, Hill End, from a booming metropolis during the gold rush, to an abandoned outpost, once the gold was gone. An excerpt from the poem,
The Roaring Days, by Henry Lawson written in 1889 exemplifies this and was significant to the development of the paintings:

The night too quickly passes
And we are growing old,
So let us fill our glasses
And toast the Days of Gold;
When finds of wondrous treasure
Set all the South ablaze,
And you and I were faithful mates
All through the roaring days!

Paul Davies, July 2017

Exhibition Opens: 6pm-8pm, Wednesday 30 August, 2017
Exhibition Closes: 17 September, 2017
Location: OLSEN Gallery, 63 Jersey Road Woollahra, NSW 2025
Contact: +61 2 9327 3922
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