Towards Beauty's End presents the work of Sydney's Ian Grant, Robyn Medek of Brisbane and Malaysian-born artists Eric Chan and Kumari Nahappan, both based in Singapore.
The exhibition has been curated by Ross Searle, Director of the University of Queensland Art Museum, Ihor Holubizky, Brisbane-based curator and writer, and Lee Weng Choy, Artistic Co-Director of the Substation arts centre in Singapore.
"Towards Beauty's End provides a cross-cultural perspective of the expression and significance of beauty. Through the work of these four artists we can examine the persistence and resilience of painting, its language and relationship to ideas of beauty. Each of the artists has a very different style or approach - Chan and Grant deal with the image, while Medek and Nahappan abstraction," said Ross Searle.
"Beauty is not necessarily an objective of the artists, but it can appear for the viewer in their thoughts and experience of the work."
Using photographs as a reference, Grant paints evocations of water and atmosphere rather than directly depicting sea and sky. His ambient realism envelops the viewer in a soothing atmospheric calm.
Chan's paintings are close-cropped shadow-like images of the everyday world, such as flora, interiors or buildings.
Medek's abstract paintings make reference to nature and cosmologies; her paintings often resulting from an 'epiphanic' experience within the natural world.
Nahappan's abstractions relate to a state of 'being and knowing'. She is represented by a new configuration of several paintings, which use orange, red and yellow and a wavering line or glow, with a floor element featuring ceramic bowls filled with turmeric.
Towards Beauty's End has received support from NETS Australia - a national network committed to promoting and presenting contemporary visual art, craft and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art through touring exhibitions of excellence across Australia.
Tour Dates 2005
Grafton Regional Gallery: 19 October - 13 November
Perc Tucker Regional: Gallery, Townsville: 9 December - 12 February 2006