In this recent body of paintings and works on paper Dagmar Cyrulla continues her figurative explorations within the realm of domestic, interior spaces. However it is the relationships played out on this private stage that form the true subject here – charted through a subtle language of glances and gestures. This powerful yet ambiguous subtext creates a psychological charge that resonates throughout the entire exhibition, as Cyrulla masters the art of the open-ended narrative.
“The best art will always find a relationship between form, what’s on the canvas, and narrative, what’s in our minds. Dagmar Cyrulla paints profound things with a restraint that we can all recognise. It’s the restraint of survival and coping, of getting on with it, of human beings living. In these paintings Cyrulla has created something touching and universal.”
(John Matthews, New Work, catalogue essay, James Makin Gallery, 2010)
This exhibition follows what has been a very successful year for this Melbourne based artist. 2010 has seen Cyrulla win the Mount Eyre Vineyards Art Prize, and receive second prize in the prestigious Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, while also being selected for the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, amongst numerous other important awards for painting and drawing. Cyrulla has recently received the Dame Joan Sutherland grant for travel and study in New York.
Cyrulla has completed a Master of Fine Arts at Monash University, Melbourne. Her work is held in major private and public collections in Australia and overseas including London Print Workshop, Print Council of Australia, Chicago Printmakers collective, Pratt Group Holdings, and Bathurst Regional Gallery.
When: Opening Night – Thursday 11/11/10, 6-8pm (exhibition dates 11 Nov – 4 Dec)
Where: James Makin Gallery, 67 Cambridge Street, Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia www.jamesmakingallery.com