Barely back a day from a week long break in Sri Lanka, and master painter, Thierry B is busy in the studio. When I met Thierry B some months back, I had no idea he was so prolific.
With 19commissions awaiting his attention, he needed more hours in his day.
Having worked as an art consultant for various high profile galleries over the past decade, I have been privvy to many an artists' studio and their career highs and lows. Part of managing gallery spaces involve the pivotal relationship between delaers and the artists they support. I always feel privileged to form a part of the process that may determine where a painting will join a collection and grace the walls of a new or existing home.
I'm keen to see Thierry in action - he doesn't disappoint - his movements are quick, practised and executed with a confidence that comes from honing raw talent.
Thierry's work is all about introducing the joy of colour into our lives, often seen here through cross-sections which challenge your spatial perception. The vibrancy of hue and curvi-linear forms in repetition create a dynamic feast for the eye, always in constant motion. Energy maps a pathway for our eyes and hearts to merge.
Now working alongside Thierry as the gallery manager, I am absorbing much of the exuberant energy he emanates every second of the day. His work contains his earnest intention and is heavily rooted in the notion of living in the present. Seeing is all about feeling and bridging the connect-the-dots map on the canvas he signposts so succinctly.
Today I am visiting him in his second home, his Huntingdale studio. The above works are from a much-loved series of coral-like spinifexes. Tentacles unfurl revealing a surprising depth of field. A newly varnished work glows with metallic silvers, bronzes and golds - he is in his element creating new textures and layers.
If art and love are man's greatest gifts to himself, then there can be no art without love. Art is always the making of the soul, the craft of human being's touch - which can be corporeal or of the mind and the spirit. Artists are dedicated to putting love into their work, and there's great power in both the human touch and originality.
With art we travel. What leads us to search out meaning for the walls of our inner harbours and our exterior retreats? What combination of space, surface and colour lead us to a feeling of extended openness, of belonging to our surroundings, of expansion of space and the glimmer of inexplicable lightness.
As we travel through architectural spaces, designed places - the search for the spontaneous and the desirable, and at times the spiritual, can often be mirrored in how we choose to demarcate our idealogies of place.
I look forward to exploring and sharing many more studio visits with you!
For further information on the paintings or to view, our gallery hours are Monday - Saturday 11am - 5pm, 531A High St, Prahran, 3181 or by appointment on +613 9525 0071.