83 Moncur St Woollahra is a curated space for rare and exceptional works of art across multiple mediums. Focus is on the intimate and domestic, with artworks representing the abstract and spiritual.
In the window this week…
Oil on board
155 x 125 cm
© The artist
Robert Hirschmann is an Australian visual artist who was born in Narembeen WA in 1968. He studied at Liverpool Tafe Sydney and at the National Art School. Hirschmann is an abstract landscape painter and he has held several solo shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions, including at the King Street Gallery and at the Watters Gallery.
Hirschmann’s works have been described as explosive. Often relying on the build up of oil paint into a dense mass on the canvas, his picture seems to emanate light when such volcanic encrustations might be expected to be as inert as stone.
Mixed media on board
122 x 91 cm
Signed lower left
Frank Hodgkinson AM (1919-2001) was one of Australia’s foremost abstract painters and artists. He studied at the Royal Art Society, Sydney, then in London and in Paris. In 1958 he won the inaugural Helena Rubenstein Traveling Scholarship which took him back to Europe where his work stimulated the interest of modern Spanish painters. Despite spending many formative years abroad, he was very much an Australian artist.
The current work forms part of Hodgkinson’s artistic output from the period that cannot be considered without its Spanish associations as, by the end of 1958, he was living in Deyá, a small village in Majorca. For about seven years out of a career spanning sixty five, Frank Hodgkinson focused his attention almost exclusively on texture and the influence of the Spaniard, Antoni Tàpies, is evident. However, unlike Tàpies, whose subjects, often evoked doors, beds, walls and sheets, Hodgkinson was about earth, soil, dust and rock.
Hodgkinson’s landscapes veer towards the monochromatic (mostly ambers, creams and ochres); they are muted, earthy and granular, collaged with Hessian, using encaustic and wax or PVA and sand, to build varying levels and depths of relief. Deep, thick layers of pastes displaying burnt siennas and raw ochres among the blacks and whites provide a dynamic texture.
“I like to build a surface, dig into it, penetrate behind the veil of reality, open it up to reveal new sensations of space, then enter and explore it. With every advance from the known to the unknown the mystery increases. It’s a wrestle to extract the mystery, to find the essence of its ecstatic silence”
Throughout his career Hodgkinson received many accolades. He was included in exhibitions in London, New York and Los Angeles and is held in many public and private Australian galleries and collections.