Aqueous – Made of Water
Paintings by Hunter Valley artist, Amanda O’Bryan that explores the emotional connection between water as an essential life force and the creative process of transformation and growth.
April 29 – May 8, 2022
The Owens Collective, Newcastle
Saturday 30th April 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Creating something from nothing and experiencing the magic of transformation is creativity in motion. As humans, our ability to create is a gift that leads to change and progression. My own personal celebration of creativity is expressed through my painting.
Water is a fundamental life force for all biological species. Humans, and all living things in nature, are made from water. Without water, nothing can thrive or evolve. Water is essential to life, and I see it as critical to my creative process, both conceptually and in my artistic practice.
Both water and creativity are amorphous, always changing and adapting to the surrounding forces, in a constant state of flux. I use this in my process, flooding raw canvas with watery glazes and veils of paint with layers upon layers bleeding through the work, nebulously revealing the history and
connection of the paint and water to the raw canvas. Colour is a compositional device that reinforces the intersection between the expressive nature of the canvas and paint. The results are lyrical abstracts, energetic and expressive, that are forged through the fluidity of water and paint, creating organic floral shapes that are gestural in colour and form.
Conceptually, the paintings explore how water enables life and creativity. In their most natural state, water and creativity are states of flow that carry energy, have direction, can hold space, express emotion and enable growth and transformation. They can be beautiful, powerful, gentle and healing. My paintings are lyrical abstracts that render this emotion, power, healing and
transformation through creativity and water.
Join me for the opening event, Saturday 30th April 4.00pm – 6.00pm
29th April – 8th May 2022
The Owens Collective Showroom
101 Maitland Rd, Islington
Open Fridays, Saturdays. Sundays from 11.00am – 4.00pm
(Enter via the laneway on the right)
Full catalogue and online sales will open on Thursday 28th. Please email here to request a catalogue.
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