Sydney based artist Robert Malherbe’s latest show ‘Gathered in Spring’ – a collection of still-life paintings – is soft and delicate in subject, and robust in delivery. Renowned for painting from life in real time, Malherbe’s hand is impulsive and confident.
Malherbe’s blooms exude life. Leaves curl and petals catch and reflect light. The minute is expressed with lush brush strokes. You can visually feel the weight of the rose’s head. Chrysanthemums, peonies and tulips are rich in colour against black backdrops, red table tops and swathes of graphic black and white striped cloth. Light refracts and bounces around and through glass vases.
Warm and full, it’s Malherbe’s tactile paint surfaces that steal you away to the very moment he painted these floral arrangements. Take some time out to stop by and smell the flowers.
‘Gathered in Spring’ also features the beautifully delicate ceramic works of Prue Venables.
Robert Malherbe and Prue Venables ‘Gathered in Spring’
Olsen Irwin Gallery
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra 2025 NSW
Monday 12pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 5pm
Saturday 1pm – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Until 20th December 2014
Credits: Images courtesy of the artist and Olsen Irwin Gallery