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Ade Blakey

My current works are primarily about the emotive power of colour coupled with a rhythmic sense of flow that engages the observer in a one-on-one conversation.

Generally using the medium of acrylic on canvas, I employ a gestural style of applying paint that comprises both short dabs and a flicking technique reminiscent of drip painting.

My work is becoming more concerned with conveying abstract conceptions rather than figurative statements or stories.

As questions occur to the observer, it is the role of the painting to provide answers as they continue to unpack and explore the meanings of the marks and motifs used.

To me, a successful painting is one where the observer keeps returning to continue this conversation as they continue to analyze the work.

Prints of my work are available at


I grew up in a home full of artifacts, which instilled in me a life-long love of modern and contemporary art. My mother strongly encouraged individual expression, free thinking, and introspective creativity.

While I remained intensely interested in 19th and 20th century art, it wasn’t until 2010 when I was traveling in France, that I met artists who offered me my first opportunity to paint.

As soon as I returned home, I took a variety of short courses and personal tuition to learn essential techniques.

As I progressed, I experimented with both figurative and abstract styles and explored portraits, landscapes, and social commentary.

I eventually realised that my paintings were about colour, movement, flow and rhythm. And that through my art, I am attempting to reach out through the canvas, to speak directly to each observer.

By expressing emotions that hopefully engage each observer on a personal level, I hope the few minutes taken to interpret and unpack my work prove worthwhile.

Works by Ade Blakey

Mare di Polli
Ade Blakey
56cm (W) x 76cm (H) x 4cm (D)
acrylic on canvas
$ 950.00
Fire Plain
Ade Blakey
23cm (W) x 30cm (H) x 3cm (D)
acrylic on canvas
$ 400.00
Summer Dance
Ade Blakey
76cm (W) x 56cm (H) x 4cm (D)
acrylic on canvas
$ 1,500.00

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