Trevor Weekes 'The Floating World and the Beauty of Things'
Address: 2 Danks St Waterloo NSW 2017
Date: 18 September - 13 October 2012
Time: Tues - Sat, 11 - 6
Stella Downer Fine Art has been flooded with creativity this week. The gallery has been swamped with paintings and works on paper by TREVOR WEEKES that conjure up the mythical realms of Buddhism, the famous ‘Floating Worlds' of the Edo period of Japan and Noah's ark. TREVOR WEEKES' paintings and drawings are portals into a whimsical and exotic realm. His waterlogged worlds immerse us in an uncanny reality in which mystery, glamour, shadow and danger are prescient. WEEKES seeks higher ground as his magical floating worlds herald a place of possibility and magical realism. Portraits of birds appear against backdrops of small floating worlds that drift past, as if in the wake of a tempest of biblical proportions.
Marooned animals perch majestically at the summit of discombobulated landmasses, un-phased by their bleak circumstances. Fables painted painstakingly on fans portray unlikely interspecies encounters that explore the often-fractious interplay between human and animal subjects, man and nature. TREVOR WEEKES was born in Orange, NSW and currently teaches at the University of Newcastle. In 1999 he was awarded his PhD, Newcastle University and in 1994 he gained his Masters of Fine Art from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. WEEKES has had over thirty solo exhibitions and exhibited in over fifty group exhibitions.
WEEKES is represented in public collections, including Artbank, College of Fine Arts, Hamilton Regional Gallery, Macquarie University, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New England Regional Art Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, as well as many private collections in the USA, Britain, Spain and Australia.