Tonee Messiah: Over Considered - Art Collector

Tonee Messiah, Professional Distance, 2016 oil on canvas 50 x 40 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Gallery9, Darlinghurst

Messiah begins each work by spontaneously painting in a solid ground. This ground is then built on, with various hard and soft forms overlapping and intersecting in an archeological drift. The effect is one of movement and agitation, closure and expansion, drawing the viewer towards the inner sub-structure of the painting. For Messiah, this new series is a reflection on the chaotic and artificially 'harvested' nature of our contemporary identities. Her shifting, variegated surfaces indicate a psychological restlessness. However, the invitation to move beyond surface drama, towards the uncluttered centre, is always there. Messiah treats the silently structuring understory of a painting as a metaphor for the authentic self.

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Wednesday 17 February 2016
Exhibition closes: 5 March 2016
Location: Gallery 9, 9 Darley St Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Contact: 02 9380 9909
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