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a life on canvas

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Today I will present a review of Bruce Vinall’s work, an Australian painter with all his life on canvas.
Moved from Adelaide – South Australia- to Warrnambool- Victoria’s region-, he started to put his soul on canvas.
I will split his career in 5 periods, every 10 years, starting from ’70 and ending with the 5th period 2010-2015 (yet continues).
The first period was from ’70 to ’79.
Here you have a short gallery from his period.

1970

1970

1971

1971

1973

1973

What I see or feel?
I see some dark monsters or pies in the sky, who are chasing and fly after you – or … grab you!- .
It’s like the same seized eagle having a plague, still flies, comes by a nightmare or tells you: Welcome!
I mean the yellow and black canvas.
While the other side fulled colour – but still dominating by the cold colours – it’s full of clutter, agitation, restlessness. Those black lines,thicker, repetitive are like visual screamings. Something like ” see? I’m a black monster, I came from darkness and I will go in the dark with you’.
As a small sum to the first part: agitation, restlessness, dark colored spots but the feminine lines and the free flow bring a sweetness to the paintings. Even those who are dominated by black colour.
The blue tempers the brutality of black and yellow brings warmth of the painting.

In the second period it will be a little change! The reverse!

1982

1982

1984

1984

1986

1986

1988

1988

Here the kew word is heat – from the shades of yellow, orange and red and their derivatives – one that’s so strong for you that become toxic, such as a sulfide.
It’s illuminated during much affection, tenderness.
sometimes it’s easy to find and emotional logic beyond color . Therefore seems to know psychology. Yes, sometimes the sound have colors – that’s why I agree with Goethe ‘s theory -.
Returning to the colors: they transmit empathy, strong and deep emotions and a turns/ leading the human condition to lighting, finding the way to the light – or seeking and finding it after – . It’s the amazement of a happy soul. Redefine the beauty from life.

The third period is like this!

1999

1999

This shows the play between colours – message or equal lines – balanced static/ dynamic.
Again are explosions, warmth. The desert or lava are the same. The same toxicity and the wave of heat.
Are elephants or flying dragons and burned plants/peoples, lost in a desert of suppressed anger or dissatisfaction from monsters easily digestible by colours – black or dark spots per first to attract the center painting in the corners -.

2001 (1)

2001 (1)

2001 (2)

2001 (2)

2001 (3)

2001 (3)

2005

2005

2007 (1)

2007 (1)

2007 (2)

2007 (2)

In this period the Vip it’s the red.
Why?
In previous periods was red but with others from the same range of colours.Now it’s kinda lonely there – especially in 2001 -.
The palettes are quite singular : it is a green board, another blue, the other in red.
There is an evolutionary study plan, lightening or closing of shades so that exists undisturbed moods and thoughts.
Is an isolated world. Safe and alone.
There is a saying: Habit is the second nature.
There is this comfort that Bruce leaves behind brushes : his safe world on line, color, bending or turning, answer and question, flying games between burned and ether, between heaven and earth.
So THIS is his art : worldly . the world coming from the inclusion of reasons and also affect, anxiety masked BY safety and vice versa.

The last period is from 2010 and now – by now! – where you can see these!

2013 (1)

2013 (1)

2013 (2)

2013 (2)

From monomorphic forms to the colorful bodies and human figures.
In this period it takes place a revolution and change of vision.
Are geometric bodies, gender balanced lines – male and feminine- , you can see better figures – animals, humans that make sense – but monstrous figures are again controlling people – people look on the side – and another canvas are made with strict animal feminine silhouette with obvious sexual organs.

2014 (1)

2014 (1)

2014 (2)

2014 (2)

Sexuality acquires a new meaning to sail the past one : now appears maturity,the acceptance and independence to the animal part and those feelings beyond words.
Here/ now are specks of colours on a black background, like fireworks and reactions to comfort to all those years – conservatism – the game on the same ground color.
We can see a map of melting,the noxious effects – as I see in 2014 -.
So Bruce’s art it’s a full one: aggressive in the start but sentimental in the end, from “me” to ” us”, from shades and sulfuric air to breathable.

I have one painting in my mind. 😀

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