Adrienne Gaha

Adrienne Gaha is a Sydney-born painter who works in Australia and the UK. She has exhibited both domestically and internationally since 1986, and features in the collections of major institutions including National Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of Western Australia. Gaha’s works are all at once energetic and sublime, oscillating between existence and non-existence, past and present. In a fusion of figuration and abstraction, Gaha’s uses paint in all the ways it can be handled – painting with a single colour, wiping back with turpentine, making glazes and building up with thick brushstrokes. Her works are characterised by dribbles and splashes, drawing the viewer back to focus on the materiality of the paint itself.

“The painted surface in Adrienne Gaha’s latest works is restless. In the landscapes here, a single colour has been painted and then wiped back with solvents and rags and brushes. Exaggerating paint’s liquid qualities, the images she makes are evanescent. Like mirages, the forms seem unstable and transitional; at once, holding shape and dissolving back into paint. It is the oscillation between these two states that sets up an elemental tension in all of the works here.” – Brooke Fitzsimons on Vestiges, London, 2014.

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