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Vessels, an exhibition by Jonathan Dudley

BY Ness Alexandra | 24-Sep-2015
The vessel, a container; used throughout history in the civilised world. More than a mundane object it is a metaphor for the human condition; the containers of the spirit and soul.
Venue: Cambridge Studio Gallery
Address: 52 Cambridge Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
Date: 7 to 24 October, 2015
Time: 11am to 5pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays
Ticket: Free
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Crystal Vessel, Emerald Sky, by Jonathan Dudley.
Jonathon Dudley has produced a series of sensitive, pastel works that depict the vessel in all its myriad of shapes. Inspired by Carravaggio’s works that communicate the transformative process of being in relationship with the Divine, Dudley has chosen pastel to reflect his sense of spirituality. Dudley uses the inanimate, mute, and seemingly mundane object to reflect the essence of the humble state, “a stillness before God”.

Dudley references the Bible regularly, choosing colours to reflect his feelings, for example he utilised the blue, purple and scarlet of the Tabernacle in the Book of Exodus to add resonance to a vessel that he has been imagining. The process of imagining these vessels is Dudley’s form of prayer. These intimate insights into his religious beliefs become the basis for his simple and ethereal compositions. Often colour is instinctual along with the vessel shapes, while light forms the focus of each composition.

Working at the NGV has broadened Dudley’s knowledge of art over the years. “I get an excellent chance to see five centuries of European art! I'm always inspired by what I see – Once you understand that you know where you come from - your heritage and history and you learn to respect your artistic forefathers.”
Opening Drinks: Saturday 10 October, 2 – 4pm