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'Repose': Nudes & Still Lives by Keith Burt

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Cathie with legs crossed (c) 2012
One of my favourite local artists, Keith Burt, has a new exhibition of paintings opening Friday 6 July at Spiro Grace Art Rooms in Spring Hill.

Running until 28 July, the 'Repose' exhibition will feature a series of studio nudes and still lives, captured in the rich, detailed oils that characterise Keith's work.

Flesh, a sheet, a Persian rug -- each gleams on the canvas, with carefully rendered light and shadow bringing them to life.

The chair theme from Keith's last show will also return, with empty bentwoods, benches and armchairs captured in loving detail.

These images are beautiful in themselves, but also seem to speak of presence and loss, conversation and departure.

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Cathie and sheet on the rug (c) 2012
Of the other paintings that I've seen, the nudes are lush, inviting and beautiful, but my personal favourite is 'Tarragh's hands' -- a portrait of the artist's wife's hands, calmly crossed.

If you'd like to know more about Keith and his painting, check out my article on his last exhibition.

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Tarragh's hands (c) 2012
Otherwise, just head along to Spiro Grace Art Rooms during July, where his work will speak for itself.

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Why? For luscious oils
When: 6-8pm Friday 6 July, then Thurs-Sat 11am-3pm till 28 July
Phone: (07) 3839 8925
Where: 255 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill
Cost: Free entry
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