Push and Pull of the City / Ebb and Flow of Nature

Rod Holdaway & Denese Oates

7 May - 8 June

Rod Holdaway 

Push and Pull of the City

ROD HOLDAWAY presents Push and Pull of the City a new series of painting and collage that play with perception.

Collage has been an integral part of HOLDAWAY’s practice since 2014, though this most recent return to including collage in finished paintings links to his work in the 1980s. The cyclical nature of HOLDAWAY’s practice mimics the circular movement of light, space, form and shadow in his compositions. The appeal is in the play of making, as he states, “I like the freshness of collage, the way it enables me to chase and capture images from my imagination fast - to bring things to 'plastic' reality immediately. Then there is time for reflection and fine tuning.”

In conversation with the work of Georges Braque, Arshile Gorky and Paul Cézanne, HOLDAWAY states “The process of making these paintings has brought me closer to Cézanne. A deeper appreciation of the way that he made forms and space interact with one another to create depth and rhythm and balance in the composition.

Working within the city HOLDAWAY fragments and dissects familiar streetscapes and public parks, with their materiality simultaneously captured and dissolved. Playing with perception the works engage the viewer to navigate through the push and pull between the layers of paint and collage. Summing up this new stage, he states, “There is complexity and beauty in the interaction between space and form, between constructed elements and natural elements in inner-city suburbs. These paintings are about expressing something of that living world.”

ROD HOLDAWAY has studied painting and sculpture at the Adelaide School of Advanced Education, philosophy and linear perspective in Italian Renaissance art at Deakin University as well as printing and photography at TAFE. In 1995 he received his Bachelor of education from the Australian Catholic University. Holdaway exhibited for three years consecutively in the Dobell Prize for Drawing (2007, 2008, 2009). In 2010 Holdaway was a finalist in the Kedumba Drawing Award and previously his work has been selected for the Redlands Westpac, Mosman and Waverly Art Prizes. His work is represented in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Ireland.

 

Denese Oates

Ebb and Flow of Nature

Throughout her practice DENESE OATES has explored natures potential, drawing links from biology to botany. Finding inspiration in nature she creates delicate odes to its intriguing forms. OATES is fascinated by contrasts and ambiguities, and by the human relationship with other living organisms. She captures flora in different stages of development, budding, sprouting, branching and tangling. OATES says she is "interested in the vulnerability of nature".

OATES trains verdigris copper vines into serene yet lively and mysterious forms. Her manipulation of copper and patina suggests beauty in the wild and raw qualities of nature and a sense of hope in new growth. They remind us of its remarkable capacity to regenerate, proliferate and multiply into a myriad of exquisite forms.

DENESE OATES transforms ordinary copper wire into inspired and carefully crafted natural forms. Her copper wall sculptures take the form of painterly trees and vines; full of undulating movement and rhythmic lines, her organic forms convey the ebb and flow of nature.



Rod Holdaway
Boy and Dancer
oil and archival collage on polyester
106.5 x 84 cm
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Rod Holdaway - Cathedral 2019
Rod Holdaway
Cathedral
oil and archival collage on cotton duck
46 x 91.5 cm
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Rod Holdaway
The Walls of the City
oil and archival collage on linen
41 x 71 cm
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Rod Holdaway - On King Street 2019
Rod Holdaway
On King Street
oil and archival paper on cotton duck
45.5 x 35.5 cm
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Rod Holdaway - Both Sides of the Street 2019
Rod Holdaway
Both Sides of the Street
oil on primed archival paper with archival collage
30 x 39 cm
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Rod Holdaway - New Tower 2019
Rod Holdaway
New Tower
oil on primed archival paper with archival collage
30 x 30 cm
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Rod Holdaway - New Car 2019
Rod Holdaway
New Car
oil on primed archival paper with archival collage
30 x 30 cm
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Rod Holdaway - New Man 2019
Rod Holdaway
New Man
oil on primed archival paper with archival collage
30 x 30 cm
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Denese Oates - Castaway 2019
Denese Oates
Castaway
copper
30 x 55 x 15 cm
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Denese Oates Twig Vine 2019
Denese Oates
Twig Vine III
copper
41 x 84 x 3 cm
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Denese Oates - Twig Vine II
Denese Oates
Twig Vine II
copper
33 x 70 x 7 cm
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Denese Oates - Lazy twirl 2019
Denese Oates
Lazy twirl
copper
9 x 29 x 2 cm
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Denese Oates - Swing twirl 2019
Denese Oates
Swing twirl
copper
9 x 25 x 1.5 cm
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Denese Oates - Contra twirl 2019
Denese Oates
Contra twirl
copper
8 x 28 x 1.5 cm
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