Grandiflora : Recent Paintings by Daniel Mafe

Mafe, Daniel (2012) Grandiflora : Recent Paintings by Daniel Mafe. [Exhibition/Event]

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Grandiflora: Recent Paintings by Daniel Mafe

The paintings of Grandiflora are improvised around a range of different flower motifs culled from medieval textiles and botanical illustrations. Each of the paintings is constructed upon a ground of flat, palely luminous yellow occasionally supplemented by additional areas of high-keyed pastel. Pink, blue, green and mauve together with the yellow, generate a shimmering and even incandescent glow. The graphic images of the flowers with the flat colour areas are then contrasted and worked over with richly sensual, abstract gestures of paint.

Within the work there is a pronounced almost rococo-esque opticality as it operates between these different visual codes of flat colour, recognizable floral forms, and gesture. These codes combine to produce a definite visceral impact on the viewer, a pronounced and tactile sense of the experience and ambiguity inherent in perceiving. This ambiguity is interestingly at odds with the apparently clean and crisp quality each painting demonstrates as an integrated whole. Indeed each piece goes on to reveal, despite the use of overt figurative quotations, a sense of the purely abstract which in its turn concretely establishes the ornamental.

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ID Code: 53738
Item Type: Creative Work (Exhibition/Event)
Refereed: No
Funders: Australia Council, Visual Arts Board, New Works Grant
Material: acrylic on canvas
Measurements or Duration: size various
Number of Pieces: 12
Location: From date: To date:
Jan Manton Art/Brisbane 2012-06-20 2012-07-21
Keywords: painting, abstraction, gesture
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Art & Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Daniel Mafe
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2013 22:50
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2013 09:06

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