Retreat, Original Painting by Sarah Kelk
Retreat, Original Painting by Sarah Kelk, Acrylic on Canvas, Framed in Tasmanian Oak, 11020 x 1020mm, 2020
Original painting by Melbourne based artist Sarah Kelk in acrylic on canvas framed in Tasmanian Oak.
This work by Sarah Kelk forms part of solo exhibition Everyday Ephemera, an introspective series of expressive, colourful and abstract paintings inspired by Sarah’s personal world, a world that shifted so dramatically in 2020.
Everyday Ephemera follows the trajectory of past shows as Sarah’s work becomes simultaneously more structured and more relaxed; small areas of colour have given way to large swathes of paint with hard edges. The tighter compositions of earlier work have been released, allowing these blocks of colour to take on a more floaty quality as layers of underpainting become visible in between. The subtly directional brushwork and layering bring a soft, fluid energy to each work.
Inspired by the the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sarah’s world became smaller and she looked closer to home for inspiration. In particular, within the walls of her own studio and the library of visual inspiration she has collected over many years. “I had grand ideas earlier in 2020 on what this show was going to be about, but with lockdowns in place due to Covid-19, my focus very much moved inwards. I was seeking simplicity _ and reaching out to the comforts and connections of what surrounded me,” explains Sarah.
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Acrylic on Canvas, Framed in Tasmanian Oak