I was lucky enough to preview the new show at Michael Reid today. Ham Darroch’s eponymously titled exhibition, brings together found objects, of a pared back palette which are then imbued with a finely rendered array of commonly used colour wheels. They speak to themes of masculinity, artistic process and a purity of thought.
I particularly liked the nod to Australian art history with an irreverent take on Sir Sidney Nolan’s infamous Ned Kelly in the piece ‘Gang’.
These works, from an artist with an impeccable pedigree, having trained extensively in Australia and abroad, and a protégée of world renowned Op Art high priestess Bridget Riley - would be a brilliant addition to a nascent collection, either private or corporate.
Runs until 22nd February. Don’t miss it. With works starting at AU$650 they won’t be around long.
Images from top -
Oil on Canvas
250.0 x 250.0 cm
Circus (a/b), 2012
pencil and gouache on Slazenger Padder bats, suite of 6
38.0 x 270.0 cm
Casein on Spades on painted yellow shelf
60.0 x 104.5 x 27.0 cm (SOLD)
Colour Shapes, 2013
pencil and gouache on table tennis bats
25.0 x 40.0 cm
Images via michaelreid.com.au