Mark making, ambiguous shapes, expressive lines, colours bright and subdued are all suggestive clues to an abstract artist’s exploration of its subject matter. In a world where we sometimes find ourselves surrounded by anxiety and pressure, Abstract Art can symbolise an escape. One might fall between the shapes and marks as they pull and retract from each other, creating a tension, a depth.
Tangible, emotive, illusive and bold, this suggestive art form can leave the viewer in charge of what they wish to see.
Abstraction is an exhibition that features works from the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Art Collection, featuring artist such as Val Allen, Marion Borgelt, Gavin Crichton and many more. Abstraction is one of two main themes that narrates the collection, the other being Landscape.
The Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Art Collection comprises over 200 donated and acquired artworks reflecting its major themes: Abstraction and Landscape.
The Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Art Collection is housed in Council buildings around the Hastings. Many of the works can be seen in the foyer areas of the main Council Building and the Library. The Council first started acquiring the early works from an art competition held annually in Port Macquarie.
Image credit: Gavin Crichton, 2011, Blue Rivers, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, (detail) 136 x 152cm, donated by the artist 2012 to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Art Collection.