exhibitions / VIVID DARK

25.04.2013 to 12.05.2013

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"My art practice is based around my personal environment and explores location and narrative. I currently work across a diverse range of mediums and techniques to produce a chronicle of images and textures on linen and wood."

 Richard Manning 2013

 

 

REVIEW

 

Cliff Burtt has visited the studio and previewed the exhibition:

 

Richard Manning, painter.

In an age when artists race from the art school blocks, sprinting for success, our attention may be directed away from those who develop their ideas and craft with less swagger and noise. So doing, we deprive ourselves of the satisfactions to be gained contemplating work of depth and finesse. Both of these terms are wholly appropriate in describing the paintings of Richard Manning.

 A graduate of Fine Art at Monash, Manning has rigorously pursued his vision, with the landscape as his central motif- most particularly, the coastal environment, the intersection of land and sea, earth and water. Manning coaxes his subject matter into an aesthetic hovering between representation and abstraction. Some works are clearly representational; others tend to read as abstracts, while retaining certain features- composition, hue, tone- of the starting point. The resultant works have the quality of palimpsests, with traces of land or sea, foliage or structure shaping the eventual outcome.

 Above all, Manning is a painter, exploring the possibilities afforded with oil paint and graphite, canvas and board. Manning often works on a small, even intimate scale, yet the application of pigment and glazes, and use of brush, palette knife and scraffito- even sandpaper- suggest a grander scale. This boldness of working method necessarily means risking failure; many do not survive the rigors of the studio. The surviving paintings are carefully worked, but not fussy. It is possible to detect traces of past landscape masters in Manning’s work, though he is too much his own man for these to be direct. Yet in his use of a muted palette, and commitment to registering the light of pre-dawn and dusk, one might recall what Whistler was up to in his nocturnes. A century on, Manning shows the pursuit of crepuscular mystery is still valid: the proof is in the paintings.

 

Cliff Burtt 2013

 

untitled 2012 by Richard Manning

untitled  2012

oil on linen

350mmx350mm

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untitled 2012 by Richard Manning

untitled  2012

oil on linen

350mm x 350mm

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Carbon Black right 2013 by Richard Manning

Carbon Black right  2013

left 2013 by Richard Manning

left  2013

front right 2013 by Richard Manning

front right  2013

front left 2013 by Richard Manning

front left  2013

untitled 2013 by Richard Manning

untitled  2013

oil on linen

300mm x 300mm

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untitled 2013 by Richard Manning

untitled  2013

oil on linen

300mm x 360mm

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untitled 2013 by Richard Manning

untitled  2013

oil on linen

360mm x 360mm

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untitled 2013 by Richard Manning

untitled  2013

oil on linen

400mm x 400mm

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untitled 2013 by Richard Manning

untitled  2013

oil on linen

350mm x 350mm

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21 framed palettes, horizontal format 2013 by Richard Manning

21 framed palettes, horizontal format  2013

oil on disposable palettes

1300mm x 900mm

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untitled 2012 by Richard Manning

untitled  2012

oil on linen

350mm x 350mm

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untitled 2012 by Richard Manning

untitled  2012

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untitled 2012 by Richard Manning

untitled  2012

oil on linen

approx 350mm x 350mm

untitled 2012 by Richard Manning

untitled  2012

oil on linen

approx 350mm x 350mm

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sunrise 2012 by Richard Manning

sunrise  2012

graphite and oil on wood

2400mm x 600mm

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vale one 2012 by Richard Manning

vale one  2012

graphite and oil

900mm x 1200mm

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untitled 2012 by Richard Manning

untitled  2012

oil on linen

approx 350mm x 350mm

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untitled 2012 by Richard Manning

untitled  2012

oil on linen

approx 350mm x 350mm

untitled 2012 by Richard Manning

untitled  2012

untitled 2012 by Richard Manning

untitled  2012

oil on linen

350mm x 350mm

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kennet 2 2013 by Richard Manning

kennet 2  2013

oil on linen

400mm x 400mm

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kennet 1 2013 by Richard Manning

kennet 1  2013

oil on linen

400mm x 400mm

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palettes 2013 by Richard Manning

palettes  2013

disposable palettes

variable

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