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Jiri Tibor Novak / Lucy Roleff & Seth Searle
20 June - 14 July
Jiri Tibor Novak
As I Can
Aireys Inlet artist Jiri Tibor Novak is well known for his quirky and engaging artworks which often pose more questions than they answer. Although he has embraced the Australian way of life, his Czech heritage and European influence are apparent in his work. Jiri Tibor Novak is a printmaker, painter, teacher and occasionally a writer, whose practice is characterised by whimsical and poetic juxtapositions that result in childlike and enchanting imagery. His works are informed by a myriad of literary sources that result in exchanges between image and text.
“Lately I have been traveling and these pictures are the result of my last couple of years.”
Lucy Roleff & Seth Searle
It Will Always Be Like This
Artists Lucy Roleff and Seth Searle consider notions of time and narrative in their joint exhibition, It Will Always Be Like This. An abundance of mussels on a table, ripe peaches in a glass dish, everyday domestic arrangements, a hand mid reach – such depictions of the ordinary and the opulent are regarded in equal measure. Through still life, interior scenes and portraiture, these paintings explore the passing of time and the desire, or compulsion, to hold tightly to it.
Melbourne artist Seth Searle says “My practice revolves around representations of femininity that interact with care, hospitality and consumable goods. I am interested in the ways in which food and service can act as nourishment, and how these are gendered in western culture. Painting in oils on canvas I work with portraits, still life and interior scenes, which aim to capture the performance of femininity and question the societal value placed upon it.”
Lucy Roleff is a painter living and working in Melbourne. Lucy’s paintings explore notions of beauty and purpose, depicting everyday items and elements of the natural world, whilst gently questioning our desire to claim and revere such objects. Through the traditional medium of oil paint, her pieces reference still life compositions of bygone eras, with touches of the contemporary. They invite conversation around the hierarchy of inanimate objects, as well as reflection upon domestic quietude, solitude and use of space.
Exhibition runs 20 June – 14 July
Opening Celebrations Saturday 22nd June 2pm-4pm