Having the same first name, and a flare for colour, brings three different artists, each with his own style, together to produce a fine exhibition of paintings that will engage the viewer on different levels of appreciation.
David Guhl's large canvases reveal his sense of joy in the act of painting more then just replicating the subject. For example In Kings Park we see rows of blue, orange and purple 'lollipop' trees, each on a band of complimentary coloured ground, marching up the canvas. The lower part section of the canvas is a riot of brightly coloured flowers. He has captured that child-like excitement of seeing nature's beauty. And again in Tulips at Araluen, where a collection of solid forms seem to float upward as they are tethered to strong stems. The simplicity of the image, the boldness of the colours make you smile. Guhl captures the joy of walking through any landscape as he magnifies the beauty of the 'little' things.
David Giles admits to being influenced by Guhl in two exhibits. The two panels Outback 1 & 2 hosts a collection of coloured daubs, dots and dashes in a multitude of colours. They fill the field of vision with a sense of movement and joy. These two, relatively busy works are a far cry from some of Giles' other exhibits, such as Mystic Waters and Into the Light. These large fields of blue host random small blocks in different hues. From afar they invite the viewer to dive into an ocean of wonder. Then, standing up close, our field of vision is filled with with what could be a view from a spaceship's window.
David Mitchell has a style very different from the other two exhibitors, yet his use of bright colour connects his work with the others. Mitchell offers ten stylized images that illustrates a Ten Strong Calendar. The ten days of this calendar have names like Tenacity, Enlightenment, Contentment, etc. (all with the word 'ten' incorporated in their titles) suggesting that living the ten day cycle produces a stronger (spiritual) person then the seven day 'weak'. Mitchell's clear colours, clean lines and identifiable shapes work together well to create modern, iconic images that advocate virtues and enable harmonious coexistence. I do appreciate how the artist incorporates universal symbols (like the laid-down figure 8 for infinity) in his neatly drawn and brightly painted icons that invite the viewer to stop, look and contemplate.
This is a delightful exhibition as the very different, yet equally competent, styles of painting come together to compliment each other and offer an interesting and satisfying experience. Step out of the busy city into a colourful place and enjoy the views.
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