Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Emerging Perth artist Nigel Laxton will launch his first solo exhibition at Contemporary ArtSpaces Mandurah (CASM) this Friday at 6pm.

The artist has had a lifelong interest in the natural environment which is mirrored in his art practice.

Currently working from a studio at the Heathcote Museum and Art Gallery precinct, Laxton's preference is to work with a series of paintings, working on several at one time.

This exhibition consists of a series of semi-abstract paintings that explore the concept of "ambiguous romanticism". Ambiguous romanticism is a term he coined to represent contemporary art that has its base on an appreciation of cultural geography, encompassing both natural and urban environments, individual expression and a deliberate ambiguity in the composition and colour of the paintings.

“My art practice as a whole is influenced by phenomenological enquiry, a philosophical framework that relates to the structures of personal experience and consciousness,” he said.

“Using a process of mindful and reflective practice I attempt to generate ideas and concerns that direct the flow of painting. I draw on particular instances I have experienced and the emotional responses they confer.”

In 2014 he obtained a practice-based Masters degree in Art at Curtin University with a dissertation that focused on the sensory aspects of cultural landscapes.

Since graduating he has received the Clyde & Co. Art Project prize and was also commissioned to paint a small canvas for the Luciano Benetton collection in Italy. This work will form part of the Imago Mundi: Australian Contemporary Art exhibition later this year.

The Ambiguous Romanticism exhibition will be officially opened by Paula Silbert, arts consultant and media presenter.

There will be a free artist talk on Sunday, February 19 at 2pm.

Ambiguous Romanticism is open until March 5 during CASM gallery hours, Wednesday to Sunday from 10am until 4pm.