Rupert Betheras: My Future has a Past - Art Collector

Rupert Betheras, Untitled, 2014. Synthetic polymer paint on board, 109 x 109cm. Courtesy: the artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

Betheras’ paintings are marked out on found vintage chalkboards, pin-boards and chip-wood collected from his time working in Central Australia. His sculptures are formed from found organic and recycled objects washed up from the sea, and sporting trophies from his youth.

For the artist, the ritual process and adventure in finding the old boards was a kind of performative action that evoked a personal and sometimes spiritual response in his paintings. Betheras seeks to present the experience of discovery as he pushes his practice into new extremes. His paintings depict the recurring oval form of the football field or the human cell, while others feature the raw markings of graffiti, personal notations, or celestial dark matter. They offer up an open-ended space in which the viewer is invited to impart their own perspectives, assumptions, and rights of passage.

Rupert Betheras has exhibited widely throughout Australia and his work has been acquired by numerous private collections and public institutions including the University of Western Sydney and Deakin University Art Collection and Galleries.

Exhibition opens: 2-4pm Saturday 23 May 2015
Exhibition closes: 6 June 2015
Location: Alcaston Gallery, 11 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Contact: 03 9418 6444

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