Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Thomas Spence

An exhibition of works by artist Thomas Spence opened on the weekend at Redland Art Gallery. The exhibition titled '35 years of expressing the inexpressible' is presented in partnership with Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery. I wasn't familiar with Tom's work but was immediately enthralled with his detailed and skilled draftsmanship. The works capture deeply personal experiences, memories and locations in scenes often set in a night time light. Graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic, scraping out and collage are combined skillfully to achieve chiaroscuro like tonal contrast and minute detail. I felt drawn to works such as 'A prayer for the Lamb' and peered in the windows of 'Until the end of the world'.
If you enjoy drawing or appreciate highly individual styles of artwork, this show is well worth viewing. The exhibition continues until 30th May at both Redland and Stanthorpe Art Galleries.

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