A series of philosophical ruminations by Canberra artist Sacha Pola. Pola incorporates classical forms, heroes and motifs into his paintings to convey, address and question universal themes such as moderation and excess, wealth and poverty, equality and disparity, adversity and opportunity, vanity and humility.
While drawing from classicism, the works have a spontaneous energy. Everyday materials are used in their creation. Wooden boards are coated with neutral tones. Figurative silhouettes are overlaid freehand with spray paint using flashes of colour. Pseudo landscapes are constructed around the figurative elements. Narratives unfold as the work is being created. Messages and meanings reveal themselves unexpectedly.
Pola’s paintings wrestle between the classical and the contemporary highlighting that many of the social concerns mused over by early civilisations are as relevant today as they were back then.
Sacha Pola is an emerging Canberra artist. He is a recent graduate from the ANU School of Art. For him, Canberra is a great place to make work. The cold Canberra mornings are a source of productivity, motivating him to get up and get painting.
When:Opens Friday 20 October at 6PM. On exhibition until Sunday 26 November.
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