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Work that plays with our desire for order and logic
You won't find much on the internet about the South Australian artist Michael Bryant. He paints quietly in his studio down in Goolwa, producing a unique and striking body of work, and every now and again the world is privileged to see what he's been working on.
According to Bryant, 'This body of work identifies the random world around us, drawing from nature and popular culture, random association, adaptation and reconstruction'. What he doesn't describe is the extraordinary skill that is evident in Bryant's paintings, a style of brushwork that manages to convey realism but draws our attention to the surface and design of the picture at the same time.
These are collages of reality, with the disturbing dissociation of dreams and illusions. We want to read meaning into them, they are so deliberately composed and skilfully painted, but Bryant is playing with our desire for order and logic.
If you're bored with photo realism and find abstraction leaves you cold, maybe Bryant's the artist you're looking for.
Catch him at the Prospect Gallery 13 October - 3 November, Tues 10.15am-8.30pm, Wed-Fri 10.15am-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 2pm-5pm