“A city is the pulsating product of the human hand and mind, reflecting man’s history, his struggle for freedom, creativity, genius and his selfishness and errors” Charles Abrams
This exhibition ‘Returning to Sydney’ is an artistic voyage through a city. The emphasis is not on the iconic imagery but rather those familiar ‘in-between’ spaces, capturing the everyday detail of how we know, move through, and imprint our values on the city. The spaces we inhabit between work, home and leisure are often the forgotten spaces but they are intrinsic to our experience and understanding of the city. The focus is on the public spaces which we share. This exploration is grounded in an enjoyment and appreciation of the texture of Sydney from the roads that connect us, to the low-lying red roofs and telegraph poles, to the unquestionably beautiful coast line. The approach draws on Chinese freehand brush painting where the purpose is not to simply reproduce the appearance of the subject but to capture its soul.
Nicola Moir (b.1979) is an artist raised in both Hong Kong and Scotland. She now resides in Sydney with her Australian partner and children. Nicola has exhibited widely in Scotland including the Royal Scottish Academy. This is her first Australian solo show.
This painting needs more work but I enjoy the energy that comes with under-painting a scene and the marks that result. I have used a lot of phthalo blue in this underworking, phthalo is the most over-powering watercolour colour I have come across. It can dominant the work and is hard to control, but it is so beautiful and intense.
The emphasis of Nicola Moir’s work is on those familiar ‘in-between’ spaces, capturing the everyday detail of how we know, move through, and imprint our values on the city. These are the forgotton spaces we inhabit between work, home and leisure. They are the spaces where we come together as a community.