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The Drawing Room

BY SDFA | 22-Jun-2012
Spotlighting the work of six leading Australian and Chinese artists, The Drawing Room will showcase some exciting developments within contemporary drawing practice. The Drawing Room is a group exhibition of works on paper by RAE BOLOTIN, VIOLA DOMINELLO, DAVID FAIRBAIRN, LAO DAN, GAO PING & AMBROSE REISCH.
Venue: Stella Downer Fine Art
Address: 2 Danks St, Waterloo NSW 2017 (Sydney)
Date: 19 June - 14 July 2012
Time: 11 - 6, Tues - Sat
Ticket: free
Web: http://www.stelladownerfineart.com.au/exhibitions-details.php?exhibitionID=58
EMail: info@stelladownerfineart.com.au
David Fairbairn 'From Rembrandt, Woman Bathing' 2012 acrylic, gouache, pen & ink 32.5 x 27.5 cm

Pulse, stroke, scribble, trace, shade, puncture, meander...the possibilities of drawing are endless. Spotlighting the work of six leading Australian and Chinese artists, The Drawing Room will showcase some exciting developments within contemporary drawing practice. The Drawing Room is a group exhibition of works on paper by RAE BOLOTIN, VIOLA DOMINELLO, DAVID FAIRBAIRN, LAO DAN, GAO PING & AMBROSE REISCH.

RAE BOLOTIN is well known as a sculptor and her surreal organic forms are icons around Sydney. Her playful non-objective drawings convey this same infatuation with transformation, equilibrium and sinuous, curvilinear shapes.

VIOLA DOMINELLO has a delicate sensibility. Responding to nature in her chosen medium of charcoal she employs traditional drawing methods, using refined gestures to describe intricate beauty of the landscape of the Hawkesbury region. DAVID FAIRBAIRN is one of Australia's leading draftsmen. His gestural mixed media drawings show a sustained commitment to notation and expression. New works are studies after European masterpieces and Fairbairn uses the immediacy of drawing to freshly interpret these iconic images.

LAO DAN generates an artistic language of elegant reduction that draws on the tradition of calligraphy in Chinese art as well as the Western lineage of abstraction. Flickering, calligraphic marks defy identification while suggesting light, air, wind and water. GAO PING finds solace in the restraint and poise of Chinese ink painting and she responds to the economy of this medium, using monochrome to infer presence and absence. Recent figurative works tentatively address the alienating and claustrophobic experience of city dwelling.

AMBROSE REISCH is moved by the landscape of the Hawkesbury River and his drawings acutely communicate this inspiration. Harnessing the tonal depth of charcoal, Reisch evokes the moodiness of shifting light. With thanks to China Art Projects who represent Lao Dan & Gao Ping.