To close the year 2020 and welcome 2021, 12 artists from FireWorks Gallery’s stable will be featured across two exhibitions between December and February.
Twelve Artists (in the ground floor gallery) showcases new works (all 40x40cm paintings) whilst Twelve Ways (in the mezzanine gallery), curated by Dr Daryl Hewson, comprises existing works from stock, across works on paper, paintings, and sculpture.
For the exhibition Twelve Artists, these past months have seen a flurry of blank canvases departing FireWorks Gallery, returning with delightful and dynamic depictions of varying subjects, themes, colours and composition. For example, The creek I, 2020 continues perhaps David Paulson’s most popular subject – the infamous Maleny creek. Whilst one may recognise moments of clarity, including allusions to water, stone, leaves or twigs, the artist views nature simply as a brilliant convenience to recreate his cropped abstractions.
An avid art collector, Dr Hewson was invited to curate Twelve Ways, commenting on his selection, “the exhibition really starts with Ian Waldron’s The Pale Horse, 2020. Although the work has a grim, topical subject, it is really about deliverance from the maelstrom with a path to freedom. The bright reds and blues of the work escape to the more tranquil world of the other eleven selected artists. All of the works, although quite diverse, have been chosen because of commonalities and confluences. They all echo each other in some way, mostly through colour or form. The other main theme is quiet contemplation.”
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