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Brian Osborne—Landscape Abstracts


12 Sep 2024 – 23 Sep 2024

Location: Cato Gallery


An imagined interpretation of the contemporary Australian landscape.
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Brian Osborne—Landscape Abstracts

Location: Cato Gallery


12 Sep 2024 – 23 Sep 2024
An imagined interpretation of the contemporary Australian landscape.

I have been working at developing the practice of what at present I call 'Landscape Abstracts'—that is, the somewhat abstract, expressionist rendering of a variety of landscape impressions and visualisations.

Inspiration and challenge stem from a variety of sources, stories; half remembered, incidental and submerged, overlapping and intertwined images while continuing to work on effect and presentation.

I am not sure where the often image amalgams come from. Sometimes they are aerial visualisations, sometimes I am drawn to particular colours, particularly memories of reds, blues, yellows and ochres, all of which have an Australian beauty all of their own. 

Sometimes they are past images sintered onto new. chance or random ones.

The large abstracted canvases seem mostly to track a slow evolution from burnt or damaged landscapes to a greater appreciation of the outback generally, the colours and atmosphere, and then perhaps progressing into more exploration of the structure and softer tones, still based on memories of the bush and other images.

I find I spend more time now looking at and considering the images and effect, trying to achieve a balance.
This perhaps someway visually disjointed collection of different images is I hope a step toward a personal view and interpretation and collective memory of what contemporary Australian landscapes could be.
 

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