Inner World

I went and saw John Boker’s Inner World exhibition today at King Street Gallery, Darlinghurst. He’s a friend of (and similar painter to) my art teacher. I’m doing my best to emulate my art teacher, so thought the trip would be worth it. It was.

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I had the place to myself.
A close up of a charcoal sketch of a table

It turns out that his interior paintings are (often) composites of different scenes or different rooms in one. I’m still annoyed that I hadn’t yet thought of doing this.

Another realisation: all of the lounge room interior paintings are done from the viewpoint of the television, if there were one.

Boker quotes Matisse in his gallery description:

[the artist] has to look at everything as though he saw it for the first time: he has to look at life as he did when he was a child, and, if he loses that faculty, he cannot express himself in an original, that is, a personal way.

And, for my future self, here’s where that quote comes from: Henri Matisse ‘Looking at life with the eyes of a child’ Art News and Review London 6 Februrary 1954 p3 from Jack D Flam Matisse on Art Phaidon, London, 1973 p148. This is the closest PDF I could find online but the passage isn’t in there.

I found another good one in Wendy Sharpe’s gallery description:

The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.

That’s from Francis Bacon.

They both serve my confirmation bias for crude, experimental artwork that sees photography as a way to capture accurate record and painting as a way to interrogate and play.

You can see the artworks in all their glory on the official gallery page, here.