These formal abstractions of land and seascapes have a dynamic quality yet provide a safe field in which the viewer can roam. Sher does not re-produce nature, rather he re-makes it with rich colours and interesting textures that evoke a sense of peace and space.
The horizon is an important motif in this artist's work as it allows for a dual perspective; a downward view at what is near as well as looking forward to the distance. This duality is an excellent visual idiom to use when defining Australia's broad vistas. However the 'new horizon' in the title of this exhibition is not just a reference to where earth meets sky, it also alludes to Sher's new direction as he leaves acrylics to venture into the use of oils.
The oil medium allows for more play with the paint. Here it is laid down with a palette knife or brush then rubbed back or glazed over with a different glowing hue. Sher's colours are always of the highest clarity. The brilliance of the red in Descending Shadow and Late Afternoon Shadow draws our attention to the surface of the painting while the articulation of the horizon line with slabs of thick medium ignites our imagination as to what might lie beyond. Equally captivating is the meeting of the clear blue sky and the rumpled turquoise sea in Coastline - Passing Storm. Clearly the artist is not only evidencing his mastery of style but his enjoyment of working with the different medium.
Sher respects the process of making; he understands the importance of good design, colour relationships, surface texture and the viewer's intelligence to interpret and appreciate an abstract rendition of the panorama. His works are highly satisfying as they create a sense of controlled natural beauty. It is the formal design, beneath an abstract technique that holds onto the edges of an image, that anchors the viewer to reality while allowing their spirits to fly.
This is a fine display of paintings they are a celebration of colour as inspired by the wonders of land and sea.
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