Ian Parry’s recent body of works continue the artist’s ongoing investigation into Tasmania’s coastal regions. In this exhibition, Parry has focused on creating small but powerful renditions of ocean, land, sky and horizon. Parry relocated from Melbourne, where he occupied a well-respected position in the art scene, to coastal Tasmania over ten years ago, furthering his lifelong commitment to capturing the boundlessness of the ocean. He has developed and almost cult-like following here in Melbourne, with avid collectors transfixed by his intense and luminous works.
Highly regarded as an exceptional colourist, these recent works are executed with a loose and broadly handled touch that belies the confidence of this enigmatic senior artist’s approach to picture making. His primary objective remains to depict a sensory experience of nature, rather than a purely representational view. An avid mariner, the artist often paints from his boat while at sea off the coast of Tasmania. This allows for various views and vantage points to be considered, as the artist takes in the small islands dotted through eastern Bass Strait, and further south.
‘Parry describes his paintings as felt rather than thought. Looking at his work the viewer experiences the world through the eyes of one who has not only seen, but regularly breathed and felt those moonlit nights on cold Tasman waters. Layers of conceptual baggage hold little relevance here. His images evolve from memory and feeling, yet rely equally on the current throb of the living, swirling sea and sky to temper the profound depth of these works with a sparkle of immediacy.’
(Marguerite Brown, Recent works from Tasmania, catalogue essay, James Makin Gallery 2010)
Parry works are represented in major public and private collections in Australia and oversea, including the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Holmes a Court Collection in WA, the Macquarie Bank Collection, Sydney, and the collection of Collection of John Elderfield – former Chief Curator Paintings and Sculpture, MOMA, New York.
When: Opening Night Thursday 11/11/10 6-8pm (exhibition dates 11 Nov – 4 Dec 2010)
Where: James Makin Gallery, 67 Cambridge St, Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org