PLAYING IN LIGHT WITH A SPLASH OF COLOUR – John Maitland & Ken Strong – May 2019 at Red Hill Gallery

Renowned Australian artists, John Maitland and Ken Strong return to Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane to showcase their new, vibrant body of works. Through the joyous lens of youth, Maitland explores the naivety and fragility shown within the harnessed imperfections of each work. Meanwhile, Strong combines light, colors and contrast in his portrayal of the Australian landscape and Brisbane. Presented together, the two collections will bring a dynamic new breath to the gallery with robust colors and textures from Wednesday 15 May 2019.

John Maitland’s skillfully executed oil and acrylic paintings are informed by figurative expressionism and imbued with rigorous colour and texture. Within the ‘Splash of Colour’ body of work, Maitland draws inspiration from the ballet, depicting young ballerinas resting after training, a little exhausted and exhilarated. Sunday School is another theme explored by the artist, giving him “an excuse to have a lot of fun with paint” – John Maitland. The artists cerebral interaction with the painting and the canvas informs a sequence of physical movement and paint application, using flicks, dabs and splashes to achieve the texture of a completed work of art.

Ken Strong’s latest body of work, ‘Playing in Light’ is an alluring new addition to his 20 years of Australian landscapes paintings. Characterized by bold applications of paint, Strong continues to build on his legacy of Internationally acclaimed impressionistic paintings. The artist describes the essence of this selection of works as “the feature of light as the subject”. With his essential creative combination comprised of the portrayal of light, colour and contrast, the artist plays on the viewers imagination. Merging obvious points of interest and suggestive compositions, Strong graces the canvas with an otherworldly interplay of light and hues that pulls on one’s heartstrings.

Combining a collection of figurative beauty in ‘Splash of Colour’ by John Maitland and Ken Strong’s vibrant artist landscapes in ‘Playing with Light’, this duo bathed in talent will exhibit from Wednesday 15 May and continue until Sunday 2 June 2019 at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill, QLD.

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For additional details, interviews and/or image requests please contact:Jan Griffith, Senior Art Consultant, Red Hill Gallery
P: (07) 3368 1442 M: 0448 114 007

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Red Hill Gallery is located at 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill, Brisbane QLD, and is open seven days


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