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Business as usual- Adelaide streetscapes by Donovan Christie
I had the pleasure of attending the opening of this fabulous exhibition by Adelaide arrtist Donovan Christie at Studio Bowden.
A pocketful of sunshine
Christie is an emerging artist and has come to fame of late with several of his works featured on Fritz Magazine covers. He has appeared in many group exhibitions though this is his first solo one. He is an Adelaide resident who depicts iconic South Australian buildings. His works are oil on linen and are fascinating.
The title of the exhibition is particularly apt when discussing Adelaide. Adelaide folk often describe themselves as living in a big country town and we love it. This is a place where relationships can be developed. For us, our buildings are as familiar as our parent's houses. We see them as we drive about town, they are not just landmarks but exist in our psyche. We grow around them and they become part of us.
Stacks on Stacks on Stacks
There is something really special about these paintings of buildings around Adelaide. It is their familiarity, most of us at some stage have walked or driven past them. They collect very human memories from all of us.
Donovan Christie has taken these iconic structures and captured them in all of their vibrant glory. He seems fascinated with light; bold contrasts and vibrant colour. The buildings seem to glow from the canvas and entertain your eyes. The familiar is hyper-accentuated, like it would be in a nostalgic memory.
Business as usual as an exhibition was certainly nothing if not unashamedly South Australian. It is a must see for all South Australians with a taste for recognisable streetscapes.
These old buildings have been given a breath of fresh air.I hope Donovan finds more work in this area and brighten up many of our drab lanes etc.It certainly would make Adelaide and suburbs a better place to shop and visit and businesses I believe, attract more people though their doors.Your photos are a good example.