09/06/2023 - 04/07/2023
Through expressive interpretations of “place”, we observe in Kerry McInnis’ new exhibition, Shadowlands, a continuation of the artist’s distinct approach to landscape painting. From this unique viewpoint, there is no intent to represent a particular landscape, but rather to present a universal setting into which the viewer may enter and recognise the familiar. This interest in transcending the specific to present a commonality of landform has been evolving in McInnis’ oeuvre over the past 20 years.
Through gestural drawing using oil sticks and a generous application of paint, McInnis evokes passages of light and shadow as primary elements in the interpretation of land mass. At the same time, each land mass is determinant but incidental, reflective of mood and emotion and personal connection with external forms and elements of remote country.
In Shadowlands, the interplay between that which is illuminated and the pockets of dark between invite the visitor and the pilgrim, the dingo and the bird, to seek passage into the landscape. Refuge, Solace, Shelter and Shadow.
Kerry McInnis is a highly acclaimed, award winning artist. Her work has been selected for the Archibald Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Fleurieu Art Prize, Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Kilgour Art Prize and Dobell Prize for Drawing, among others. She is a past winner of the Wingecarribee and Bega Art Prizes and Salon des Refuses Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award. Her work is held by numerous institutions, including, the National Library of Australia, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Bundanon Trust, Australian National University, Goulburn Regional Gallery, Kedumba Art Collection and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.