08 September 2012 - 06 October 2012

, Small Paintings


Sutton Gallery is pleased to present Small Paintings, an exhibition of new works by David Jolly.

Jolly has achieved much critical acclaim as a talented painter and drawer with great facility. His work possesses a richness of colour, paired beautifully with the gloss seductiveness of his glass surfaces. It presents a compelling encounter between the luminous depth of painterly space and the mirror-like surfaces of screen culture. He continually works with subject matter that reflects times, places and events that he has experienced personally. In the past these have ranged from high-rise apartment buildings and deserted airports to the Woomera detention centre and the Tour de France.

For his latest exhibition at Sutton Gallery, Jolly has again worked with oil paint on glass to produce a striking series of small-scale works that are both representational and abstract. Sourced from his own photo library, Jolly reduces the images to a series of discrete elements assembled in a particular order. The paintings themselves are labour-intensive and precise, suggesting a heightened awareness and acute sensitivity to visual stimuli. The layered pictorial space of thworks in Small Paintings demands an act of ‘intense observation' from the viewer, immersing them within their intriguing and luscious depths.

David Jolly was a founding member of Stripp Gallery, Melbourne, and a studio artist at 200 Gertrude Street from 1993 to 1995. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Australia and abroad, including regular solo exhibitions at Sutton Gallery since 2001.

Selected group exhibitions include: The Futile City, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2011; Photocopier, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2010; 2004 : Australian Culture Now, a collaborative exhibition between National Gallery of Victoria and Australian Centre of the Moving Image, Melbourne, 2004; The Future in Every Direction: Joan Clemenger Endowment for ontemporary Australian Art, Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, 2003; It's a beautiful day  New painting in Australia: 2, Ian Potter Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2002; Happiness, Australia / New Zealand Cultural Exchange, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 2001; Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2000; and Brand New Master Copy, UKS Gallery, Oslo, Norway, 2000.

Jolly's paintings are held in many public collections, including the British Museum, London; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria; and The University of Melbourne. He was a finalist in the 2008 and 2010 Basil Sellers Art Prize, and has undertaken residencies in Malaysia (2006) and Barcelona (2003).

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