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Coloured Cloths at The Mezzanine

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Chau's Colourful Cloths Celebrate Chinese Culture
Rosita Chau was born in bustling, industrial Hong Kong, and this environment led to Chau's passion for stillness and delicate beauty, expressed in her commitment to fine detail.

Mezzanine, Rosita Chau, Batik, Fabrics, Hong Kong
Still Life with Red Table Runner Oil on canvas by Rosita Chau (Photograph courtesy of Sasha Wasley)

Later, Chau lived in Indonesia, where she was influenced by fabric printing methods, especially Batik, as well as the folkloric characters and the vivid colours of the Chinese culture.

A new exhibition titled Coloured Cloths is an exploration of textures, colours and patterns by painter Rosita Chau. The exhibition is on the first weekend in April at Darlington's Mezzanine Gallery.

Chau works with oil and acrylic on canvas to achieve unique and evocative representations, mostly of still life subjects. Her visual signature is patterns-within-patterns, depicted as printed china, fabrics and artworks within her own paintings.

When Chau migrated to Australia, she attended Claremont School of Art for two years. She has been painting for the past nine years, six of which she has lived in the Perth hills.

Mezzanine, Rosita Chau, Batik, Fabrics, Hong Kong
Rosita Chau, Artist (Photograph courtesy of Sasha Wasley)

"In this exhibition, Rosita expresses her identity through works of great liveliness and tender sensitivity," said Mark Alderson, Exhibition Curator.

"Rosita cherishes tranquillity, which emerges in her loving dedication to the texture, reflection and shadow in her painting," he said.

"Vibrant colours and characters dance among composed settings with warmth and intelligence. Within the patterns, smaller patterns play."

The Exhibition is open at the Mezzanine Gallery, Saturday April 5 and Sunday April 6, from 11am till 4pm at the rear of Darlington Hall, Owen Rd, Darlington.

A selection of Chau's works will be on display after this weekend at the Café 2 Gallery, 2 Montrose Avenue, Darlington, throughout the remainder of April.

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Why? Fabric printing in the vivid colours of the Chinese culture
When: 11am to 4pm
Phone: 0417 760 006
Where: Mezzanine Gallery, Darlington Hall, Owen Rd, Darlington, WA
Cost: Free
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