I had the opportunity last week to view the National Works on Paper exhibiting at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and was blown away by the variety of techniques and media used……. from pencil and charcoal to collage, etching, lithographs and video just to name but a few.
The versatility and scope of the work was impressive from imaginary and observational to conceptual.
Time being on my side for once I actually read most artists statements and enjoyed making the connection between their words and images………using historical references and cultural diversity most artists seemed to be reflecting on their/our identity , time and experience.
A couple of my favourites were “Wonky ” 2014 by Fiona McMonagle …..a stunning work using watercolour, ink, gouache on paper where she celebrates the perseverance and practice of boxing and the courage needed for women to partake in the sport.
Another stunner was “A Cut Above ” 2015 by Yanni Floros a charcoal work portraying the dark heart of the rogue financial trader …here he showcases the animal instinct behind human behaviour using exceptional skill.
“A Cut Above” by Yanni Floros
“Wonky” by Fiona McMonagle