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A mystical compilation of artworks by a Master Painter
Pepper Street Arts Centre situated in Magill is a vibrant gallery space showcasing a diverse array of mixed media pieces from exceptional local talent. Currently, artist Domenico Palombo is exhibiting a striking collection of works until Saturday 20 May, 2016.
There is no Future Without the Past explores Domenico's artistic journey as a classical painter from a European background to a contrasting genre of abstract expressionism. This crossroads and juxtaposition of art styles is evident through his pieces that are somewhat figurative, yet abstract in texture and composition. The title of the exhibition fits well within this statement. Born in Italy, his discipline primarily consists of a classical painting style, yet his residence in Australia and his personal journey as an artist has led him to abstract expressionism to help convey his story. A predominant unification of Australian landscapes, with conventional painting elements and abstract expressionist features characterize this exhibition.
I was immediately taken aback by Domenico's pieces, as they stand alone against the gallery walls, comprising fascinating figurative aspects and dark, yet illuminating brush strokes. The texture of the paintings almost speaks to the viewer, as Domenico's application of paint creates a three dimensional scene. A surrealist sense is also evoked in the paintings, as they incorporate a complex mix of subjects: reptiles, humans, and fields of monochromatic paint application combined onto one surface, creating a mysterious element to each piece. It is quite easy to stand back and view these works from an analytical perspective, questioning and pondering Domenico's motivation.
Domenico successfully captures a mystical presence through the fusion of materials: timber, oil paints, acrylics, and differing mixed techniques. As a master painter, Domenico also works as an art restorer, and will be working on-site on May 18, 2 pm - 4 pm. This is an excellent opportunity to witness the full process of an artist at work. Additionally, learn more about his profession first hand by attending Domenico's artist talk on May 7 at 2 pm - 3pm.
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Pepper Street Arts Centre is a lively arts hub assisting emerging and established artists and creative persons through exhibitions and arts education, whilst offering a great way to socialize with the local community. Pepper Street Arts Centre is part of the City of Burnside's cultural program. Entry is free, and an in house cafe is on site to provide patrons with coffee and light snacks throughout the day.