Memphis Projects is the gallery space for Memphis Gardens, a creative studio in Abbotsford.
We are pleased to invite you to a Solo Exhibition by Ian Paradine, opening on Saturday the 7th of April at 4pm.
"Bilderburgers" Performing Live at 7pm
The myriad characters that populate the drawing works of the Melbourne-based artist Ian Paradine are perhaps best characterised as eidola of sensuality.
They are figures that embody the motivations, emotions and psychologies of recorded human history, but are nevertheless oscillating between physical and ethereal states of being. These restless individuals come and go in the compositions of Paradine’s oeuvre, at times blending with air and landscape. They are not constrained by set series of works, but instead are liberated in an ongoing program of pastels, pen and inks, and mixed-media collages.
A related line of enquiry is presented in Paradine’s monochrome drawings, comprising ink and watercolour on paper, which most closely suggest a reverie on the works of the English poet and artist, William Blake (1757-1827). Like Blake, who mused on love and lust in his mock-prophetic book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Paradine explores primal feelings and psychological states in his black-and-white images. Again, these works feature the humans and archetypes that continually prowl his imagination, but here they appear more sombre on account of the alternative medium.
Drawing on reference to contemporary sociopolitics and the prospect of future events and inventions in his works, the artist refutes stagnation and pure historicism. Instead the figures, landscapes and ideas presented in his paintings and drawings are offered as immediately relevant in the twenty-first century. These depicted scenes exist in the here-and-now and, by displaying a propensity for metamorphosis, they assume an animation that allows them to live on in the future also.
Trained in Melbourne and, later, at the Camberwell College of Arts in London, Paradine has exhibited extensively both in Australia and Europe, refining his approach to art-marking across his career. He is a multidisciplinary artist also working with photography, filmmaking and video – and even a technique of miniaturisation in his drawings reminiscent of the visual curiosities of the Renaissance wunderkammer – the artist continues to break new ground in his solo exhibitions.