Zig-zagging between images of digital rendering and utterly romantic landscape, Stephen Haley is a painter of not only remarkable dexterity, but of intellectual intensity rarely seen in Australia or the world at large. In his most recent body of work, Formwork and Forgeries, he skates from formalistic abstractions based on 3D rendering which are then translated with Lichtenstein-style ‘pop’ colouration, through to tackling the tradition of plein air landscape. This is always done with a twist, as though the viewer views the landscape through an artificial prism; an all too apt depiction of beauteous vision in a day and age when excursions to the outside world have been so severely constrained. But in Haley’s work, wanderlust is fulfilled, albeit without the viewer having to risk the real outside world.
The gallery is open by appointment, and the exhibition can be viewed online. View the exhibition here.
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