This work is a development of my gravity series, an investigation into how transparency and opacity, up and down, smooth and rough could create a sense of floating that transfers to the viewer. Contemporary paints are used that contain mica flakes that have shine and iridescence as well as new oil paints that change colour depending on the angle the viewer stands. The first layers are ink and metallic powders, the final coats are oils.
Betty Nolan is an expressive Tasmanian artist who responds to art and society with abstract and semi abstract works. Using transparencies, fluid paints and light reflective materials she makes bodies of work that are visually active and change with the aspect of the viewer. Trained at Newcastle School of Art and the University of Tasmania she is influenced by modernists such as Max Ernst and Robert Rauschenberg. Her recent works incorporate silkscreen printing and glass beads with metallic inks under layers of transparent oil paint. Thematically her paintings explore the environment, colour and relationships between people.
See more of Betty's work in the following exhibitions: