Words: Madeline Claire
Sophie Gannon Gallery is now representing Sydney-based artist Celia Gullett. Initially introduced to the artist’s work by fellow gallerist and friend Jan Murphy, Sophie Gannon has admired Gullett for many years. Gannon says she is drawn to Gullett’s work for its “confident and considered approach to tackling the art historical movements of colourfield, abstraction and minimalism”, also noting she “pays close (and impressive) attention to material”.
Gullett’s atmospheric painting style was developed as she attended Charlie Sheard’s Studio School from 1996 to 1999. Her works stand at the intersection of colourfield painting and abstract minimalism, using paint to capture the ephemeral nature of other art forms such as music.
“Everything I do is centred around colour and surface,” says the artist. “Visible depths in the paint are created by layering and reduction, to evoke a sense of diffused light, and the crystallisation of experience into paint.”
Gullett has held solo exhibitions since 2002 and participated in group exhibitions since 1996. She has been a finalist in the Mosman and Paddington Art Prizes and exhibited in Singapore, London and Sweden. Gullett’s work is held in private collections in Australia and overseas.
Gullett’s first solo exhibition at Sophie Gannon Gallery is slated for April 2021. She is also represented by Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane.
Image: Celia Gullett, Variations series XVII, 2020. Oil on panel, 40 x 35cm (framed). Courtesy: the artist and Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne.