Emerging artists Scott Osborn and Bec Watson find a connection in their work that stems from their shared notions of the subjective nature of perception, as well as a fascination for human form and nature.
Scott’s sculptural practice involves investigation through the medium of sourced woods. Allowing the existing forms that he finds to suggest to him further direction and manipulation for drawing out ideas of the human figure, which also move outside of the limitations of human form to all ideas of sentient beings.
Bec’s practice involves allowing a highly textured surface to build through the continued application of paint that is applied while her head is turned away from the painting surface. This she believes allows her subconscious to make the final decision for the paints application. Bec’s investigation of the human form, explores the notion of the unconscious stories and relationships that we create when viewing the figure in ambiguous action or interaction. The level of abstraction to the works is intended to present the human form in a way that allows for free interpretation of the unknown relationships as well as the activity and intent of those figures, thus blurring the ideas of friend of foe good and bad.
While both artists approach their work through different mediums, they relate conceptually and stylistically through the rendering of their medium’s texture and surface. This is especially seen when aligning Scott’s ‘white’ work with its rough yet clean surface, and Bec’s textural rendering yet emerging form.
Regarding their source of inspiration, Scott, having a diverse educational background not only in art but also in philosophy and botany, draws more on his extensive knowledge of philosophers such as Plato and Nietzsche as well as his love of the forms expressed in the natural world. Bec, having an educational background in both fine arts and teaching draws stylistically from artist such as Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach and Ben Quilty. In addition, both Scott and Bec draw influence from Lucian Freund for his exposing the ‘nature’ of his subjects.
Saturday 3 – Friday 30 October 2015
9:00am – 5:00pm weekdays / 11:00am – 4:00pm Saturdays
Friday 9 October 2015 @ 6:00pm
Exhibition to be opened by Dr Phil Karker
Saturday 10 October 2015 @ 2:00pm
With Bec Watson
Image Credits: Sculpture by Scott Osborn and painting by Bec Watson. Photographs by Daniel Watson.