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Adventures in Abstraction

Betty Nolan

September 28 2018

This exhibition has its title because leaving the artistic world of observed reality is always an adventure, rather like trapeze work without a net. Process based, the coloured marks demand a counterweight, what Hans Hoffman called the “push and pull “of abstract painting.

This is my fourth abstract show and to get me started I appropriated some works by Tintoretto, my favourite Mannerist painter from Venice, whose busy, top heavy works give the impression that the artist is in a hurry. Which is the case here as well. Through this process I was able to develop and refine some personal imagery that I have used before; the path, the cloud, the drape and the book. These are often used with great marks that are the sweep of the arm, a free movement developed by many years of life drawing.

Each work is highly coloured as I am interested in not only the effects of chroma but the history of colour. The many layers in the paintings take advantage of transparent colour used against opacity and use wonderful obscure hues such as geranium.

Ascension (after Tintoretto)

Ascension (after Tintoretto)

Oil on Canvas, 120 x 120

The Hermits, the Cross and the Book (after Tintoretto)

The Hermits, the Cross and the Book (after Tintoretto)

Oil on canvas, 120 x 120

St George and the Maiden (after Tintoretto)

St George and the Maiden (after Tintoretto)

Oil on Canvas, 120 x 120

Personal Imagery

Personal Imagery

Oil on Belgian Linen, 850 x 850

View from the Studio

View from the Studio

Oil on Canvas, 720 x 1680

Hello, is it me you're looking for

Hello, is it me you're looking for

Ink and Oil on Canvas, 820 x 1700

Push Pull

Push Pull

Oil, Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 380 x 770

Pull Push

Pull Push

Oil, Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 380 x 770

Hobart to Venice and Back Again

Hobart to Venice and Back Again

Oil and Glass beads on canvas, 860 x 1680

The fade

The fade

Polychromed Ceramic, 36 x 21 x 9

Mermaid hair

Mermaid hair

Polychromed Ceramic, 34 x 21 x 9

Rainbow Bob

Rainbow Bob

Polychromed Ceramic, 28 x 23 x 10