In the Gallery and OnlineCelia Perceval’s recent series of work draws upon direct sensory engagement with bush locations in Southern NSW in late 2019. Studies were instigated in bushland in the Royal National Park and near the Clyde River and then transcribed to canvas at her home studio. Shortly after, the Black Summer bush fires tore through and most of the artist’s subjects were burnt out. The artist’s lush and vibrant landscapes represent a personal memoir, in joyous markings and colour, of the area’s spectacular and untouched country at a specific moment in time before sweeping physical change.     A further collection of paintings captures the energy and beauty of remote parts of Ireland. This is where Perceval has spent time since Lockdown in early 2020. In Ireland, she executed works en plein air, bringing to life the experience and emotional sense of being there in the landscape’s wild terrain. Completely absorbed in her work, she ‘channels’ nature through her. And in a painting, such as ‘Wild Yellow Iris in the Creek (Coen Kerry Ireland)’, the light and atmosphere has been produced from the artist’s direct engagement with the open air experienced during Spring.   According to Dr Andrew Frost, “Perceval is a dedicated explorer of wild and hidden places, trampling across the wilds with her equipment, searching out sites where rivers meet the ocean, looking for vistas that capture her imagination. Her style is gestural, but contained by a precise sense of composition, favouring strong lines and deep colour, with glimpses of the sky, sea or mountains beyond the vegetation of the middle ground… Perceval describes her response to her subjects as one that’s both personal and intensely emotional.”These spectacular new paintings, by highly respected and acclaimed artist, Celia Perceval, are presented by Wagner Contemporary Online and at the Gallery.


Perceval_‘Jacaranda near Coal cliff Beach’ NSW_oil on canvas_70 x 50cm_master
Perceval_Bluebells in Rodd Wood_oil on canvas_40 x40_master
Perceval_Bottlebrush and Banksia in the Wildflowers NSW Coastal Bushland_oil on canvas_master_0
Perceval_Cockatoss Nesting in the Applegums with Banksias in Bundeena Bush NSW_oil on canvas_40x40_master_0
Perceval_Green Parrots and Rocky Ridge at Yenabilli Point_123 x 152cm
Perceval_Lavender Fields Above Castellane, France_oil on canvas_40 x40_master
Perceval_Old Tree Over Polly's Shed with Flowers and Crow_oil on canvas_40 x 40cm (2)
Perceval_Rooks Coming in to Roost at Sunset by the Hindwell Brook- oil on canvas-56 x 76cm-master
Perceval_Wild Iris in the Long Grass (West Coast, Ireland), oil on canvas, 70 x 50cm_master
Perceval-Black Cockies Passing Through Corrine Forest NSW-oil on canvas-100 x 69cm-master
Perceval-Budawang Ferns Eurobodalla National Park-oil on linen 90 x 100cm_master
Perceval-Cockies in Yellow flowering scrub Royal National Park- 90 x 100cm-master
Perceval-Ferry on the Clyde River-oil on canvas-100 x 100cm-master
Perceval-Hacking River Cockies Nesting Royal National Park-oil on linen-80 x 100cm-master
Perceval-Harvesting Oats with Kites in the Poppies, Charpent Region France - oil on canvas-51 x 61cm-master
Perceval-Rock Hillside with Goats Looking Towards Tralee Bay Ireland-oil on canvas-73 x 80cm
Perceval-The Hindwell Brook Winding Through the Woods with Bluebells and Blossom-oil on canvas-76 x 83cm-master
Perceval-Wild Coastal Bush-oil on canvas-80 x 99cm-master
Perceval-Wild Yellow Iris In The Creek (at Coen Kerry Ireland)-oil on canvas-46 x 61cm-master