Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ross Laurie gets the thumbs up... again!

Ross Laurie, From Ochre Hut - Fowlers Gap IV, 2011, oil on board, 590 x 590 mm

Art critic John McDonald, in reviewing the exhibition 'Not the Way Home: 13 Artists Paint the Desert' at the S.H Ervin Gallery, has written:

"the standout performer is Ross Laurie, who has produced an impressive variety of images, from small charcoal sketches to densely worked studies in oil stick, to large oils on canvas.

In Laurie's work one sees the complete cycle from straightforward observation to transformation in the studio. His two large paintings, Ridge and Creek, Fowlers Gap I and II, are very far from being snapshots of the desert landscape. Laurie has taken huge liberties with the colour, using swaths of white-ish paint to reproduce the effect of bright sunlight. This is reminiscent of Ian Fairweather, who would often finish a painting with a final tracery of white. The other Fairweatheresque aspect is the creation of an internal rhythm that holds the composition together, even though each component seems to be bulging and sliding."
Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum, 16-17 June, 2012

View the full article here
View more images of the Fowlers Gap suite here on facebook

Some Ross Laurie dates to remember:
1 July, 2012 - Last day of 'Not the Way Home' exhibition at S.H. Ervin Gallery
1-5 August, 2012 - Melbourne Art Fair - we will be presenting a new suite of Ross Laurie works at our stand, A51, upstairs in the Exhibition Centre.
14 August - 8 September - Group show 'The Bigger Picture', at King Street Gallery
4- 29 September - Solo exhibition 'Paintings and Works on Paper 2012' at the Damien Minton Gallery