hero - Steve Lopes Ferns 2019

Tree Change

Merran Esson & Steve Lopes
11 June - 13 July 2019
Opening Saturday 15 June, 3 - 5 pm

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Tree Change presents new work by STEVE LOPES and MERRAN ESSON, whose work explores the changing seasons and landscape through the shift in the trees.

STEVE LOPES created new paintings and works on paper in situ during a residency in the Jamberoo Rainforest on the South Coast of New South Wales. A new terrain for LOPES to encounter, he notes “I was transfixed by the prehistoric forms of the forest, it's weird shapes and forms and especially the colours”. The resulting works are playful in their engagement with the vivid tones of the rainforest. Painted en plain air, LOPES captures the intense immediacy of being ensconced within the walls of the rainforest with his light and energetic brushstrokes.

Travelling through the Monaro plains of NSW in Autumn, MERRAN ESSON was inspired by the change of colours in the European trees planted in the plains. The resulting works reflect the orange, green and gold tones of the tree change in season. The roundness of ESSON’s sculptures are reminiscent of the geometric simplification of landscapes by European Impressionists such as Paul Cézanne. The paring back of forms enables ESSON to distil the trees, as if viewed from multiple perspectives.