Hilarie Mais RES, 2010 oil on wood 210 x 210 x 4 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2013
Image courtesy the artist and AGNSW © the artist
TarraWarra Museum of Art is presenting a retrospective exhibition dedicated to abstractionist Hilarie Mais. Co-curated by Blair French and Manya Sellers, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, this stunning exhibition presents a range of key works made by Mais over the last decade.
Co-curated by Blair French and Manya Sellers, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, this stunning exhibition presents a range of key works made by Mais over the last decade.
Born in the UK, Mais lives and works in Sydney. Her work is characterised by a deep interest in the grid and its expressive possibilities. She makes abstract constructions and paintings that merge the formal structure of the grid with an interest in more organic forms found in nature.
Mais began her career in the 1970s, influenced in part by her interest in the history of abstraction – in particular, mid-20th century English constructivism, as well as later American minimalism, including the work of Agnes Martin.
Her work brings together formal geometry with biological and cellular structures to generate subtle visual experiences that are broadened expressively through the highly personalised application of paint.
As such, the apparent formality of her works is undercut by emotional truth and underpinned by an organic and intimate sensibility, whilst the handmade quality of the works functions to personalise, even 'feminise' abstraction.
The exhibition opens on 24 February and runs until 29 April 2018. TarraWarra Museum of Art is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Admission is priced as follows: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors and $5 Concessions.
Admission is priced as follows: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors and $5 Concessions.