JOHN DENT Exhibition at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art Opening 15 May 2021

Published by: Lauraine Diggins Fine Art | 11-May-2021
John Dent: Between Two Countries - an exhibition of paintings opening at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art in Melbourne on Saturday 15th May with 50 artworks painted both in Australia and France. Featuring still lifes, figurative works and Parisian street scenes - inspired by the artist's observations and experiences. From large-scale to more intimate works, the paintings can be viewed on our website and an illustrated colour catalogue can be downloaded.
Venue: Lauraine Diggins Fine Art
Address: 5 Malakoff Street North Caulfield VIC 3161
Date: 15 May - 11 June 2021
Lauraine Diggins Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of 50 paintings by Melbourne artist John Dent. The paintings are from earlier in his ongoing career, painted in both Australia and France. The paintings are lyrical with a complex colour palette and carefully considered compositions. The streetscapes and interiors of France depict the many strange contrasts of Parisian life. The series of intriguing still-lifes relate to a large painting by Dent in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Le Dejeuner (The Lunch) and culminating in his magnum opus, the triptych Natura Morta - Marta.

With the early guidance and support of key figures in Australian art, including George Baldessin, Roger Kemp, John Olsen and Fred Williams, Dent was encouraged in his art career, including painting, gouache and skilful prints, particularly mastered at the premier printing studio in France, Lacouriere.

This exhibition, Between Two Countries, focuses on Dent's oil paintings - still life, with a diverse range of objects placed at unexpected relationships to each other, asking the viewer to reconsider a narrative out of the ordinary; Parisian scenes from the romantic to the unexpected; and figurative works which rather than focus on the subject are perhaps more about the act of painting itself.

The exhibition can be previewed on our website and a colour illustrated catalogue is available to download. The exhibition is on show until 11 June 2021.

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