ANGELA STEWART AND OLGA CIRONIS

ART STAGE SINGAPORE

26 - 28 JANUARY

 

Art Collective WA is exhibiting new works by Angela Stewart and Olga Cironis at Art Stage Singapore 2018 from 26-28 January 2018. This is the fourth time at this international art fair that brings together over 130 galleries from 27 countries. Olga Cironis and Angela Stewart  will be exhibiting new work to a potential audience of over 50,000 visitors to the fair.

 

Angela Stewart has pursued an interest in portraiture for more than three decades, leading her to study the history of portraiture and its contemporary practice in both her Masters and Doctorate at Curtin University, Western Australia.

 

Stewart’s paintings and drawings often make stylistic and thematic reference to the Italian Renaissance historical portrait and the transition of the fresco to easel painting. By studying the work of fifteenth century Italian painter Sofonisba Anguissola she became fascinated by the complexity and etiquette of painting by a woman of this age. Her desire was to roll back the vermeer of the finished artwork and to imagine signs of hesitation and mistakes as a way to unlace the becoming of a portrait.

 

This notion of ‘artistic doubt’ has since had an influence on Stewart’s more recent oeuvre. Over time, the rendering of her line and brushwork has dissolved to increasingly reveal materiality and process. With oval and circular frames she examines traditional elements such as the cameo or motifs of flora and fauna in landscape and costume of portraits. Her work suggests details of imaginary narrative, slippages of a forensic trail that may or may not lead back to the portrait.

 

Olga Cironis is a multidisciplinary artist examining notions of belonging in today’s cultural globalisation. Explored in her diverse practice are the murky undertones of history and memory and the impact of these upon personal and shared identity.

 

Within Cironis’ work are layers of research, collected stories, muted voices and cultural heritage. Her work is psychologically loaded with meaning, provoking and seducing the viewer, navigating them through history and inviting them to question our social and environmental connections.

 

By engaging viewers to become part of her work, the artist questions the meaning of public and private space and the gender and social norms that permeate our accepted actions. Her artistic investigations are founded upon her Greek, Czech and Australian heritage. These aspects are used to engage people beyond the familiar.

 

Above: Angela Stewart

Sapience #6 2017

Oil and acrylic on board, 75cm

Right: Olga Cironis

Merchant 2017

recycled toys, military camouflage fabric, thread, feathers, sea sponge

65 x 40 x 19cm

DRAWING 2018

10 FEBRUARY – 10 MARCH

 

Curated by painter Jeremy Kirwan-Ward, Drawing 2018 brings together a diverse group of painters, sculptors and fashion designers from WA, NSW and VIC , each showing  how a work on paper can have a life of it’s own, not restricted to the notion of drawing being only preparation for something else.  The artists were asked to work on the same sized sheet of paper, bringing a common denominator to an otherwise open field.

 

Image:

Richard Giblett, Untitled 2017, pastel on paper, 56 x 75cm (detail)

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