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Kimberley Coast

Description : Original acrylic painting on 122 x 61cm (48 x 24 inch) gallery wrapped linen. Make an offer on this special painting from our personal collection

One of my Shaped by Nature series and inspired by the amazing shapes and colours of the coastline near Broome in Western Australia. Sometimes you can see landforms from many different geological time periods at the same time, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods through to more recent times.

So the Kimberley is a huge arid tropical region in the North West of Australia, a very ancient land with an amazing landscape created over many geological time periods. With huge tides, extreme weather events like cyclones, floods and upheaval, you can often see layers of time revealed and that's what this painting is about. The coastline has unbelievable colours in it - you just can't imagine them unless you have seen them. You get the black volcanic rocks, which are underwater when the tides in, from the age of the dinosaurs. Then you get this crazy layer of stripey coloured rocks which just go all over the place from much later (I've specifically used a crackle effect with them so they crack randomly revealing the layer beneath). On top you get the pindan, the orangey, red ochre type colours. The very highest tides erode them all and constantly alter the coastline. We love the Kimberley and have had property up there since 1992. It's where this whole art thing started for me and it's been a huge source of inspiration for me ever since (see last 2 pics).

In 2005 we went on a hovercraft trip in Broome and our guide took us to a little beach on Roebuck Bay where there are a set of dinosaur footprints. He was interested in the geology of the area himself so told us that on this one little beach you could see evidence of 5 different layers of time. Then we stood in some dinosaur footprints! I was blown away and I couldn't get his statement about layers of time out of my head. I still can't! Back home I created 2 large canvases, one, Layers of Time which I sold and this one which I kept; it has been hanging in our dining room ever since.

Those words really resonated with me and changed the course of my art journey. Now, wherever I go, I look for layers of time; I have become obsessed with nature as a sculptor and in my semi-abstract paintings inspired by nature, I seek to interpret and emulate nature's processes rather than portray a specific scene.

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NRN # : 000-43822-0150-01

DIMENSIONS : (Height - 122.00 cm X Width - 61.00 cm )

Medium on Base : Acrylic on Linen

Genre : Contemporary

Status : For Sale

PRIZES : City of Canning Art Award, 2008 - Highly Commended

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Hi, I'm Chris Marshall, an expressive mixed-media artist from Perth, Western Australia.

(EOFY sale - I'm open to offers on all works except those in my current series, Out of the Pindan)

I took up art on January 1, 2000 as my New Year's resolution for the new millennium following much soulsearching after the death of my father. It ended up changing my entire life!. I have worked in Information Technology for many years, which tends to be rather left-brained, so I go for a complete contrast with my art.

I work intuitively, creating art straight from my soul.  Most of the artworks that I exhibit and sell are semi-abstract (or occasionally pure abstract) acrylic or mixed media/collage paintings or prints of my digital art. I see my digital art as an extension of my mixed-media which brings together different strands of my life (IT background and passion for art and photography).

Although I choose to create expressive, abstract art, I am totally in awe of nature as an artist/sculptor and “see” the natural world as layered mixed-media images. My photograper husband and  I enjoy travelling and connecting with nature; I love to observe, photograph and/or sketch things that catch my eye. I am looking for their essence, what was it about them that caught my eye in the first place, how they got to look like that. All these observations inform my markmaking and the eventual look of my artworks. My semi-abstract works are mainly inspired by nature. I'm always intrigued by nature's processes and how they shape the landscape; I seek to interpret them and emulate them rather than portray any specific scene.

I love organic markmaking, colour, texture and observing the world around me. I go on a new journey with every artwork (even sketches). I have fun with my art, love to experiment and let my art flow from deep within me so every artwork is absolutely unique with something of me in it. I enjoy mixing my media whilst recycling everyday “stuff” (particularly fabrics and used packaging), creating "something" out of "nothing".

"Chris’ work oozes the expressive qualities of the Modernist approach to representation.…. Layer upon layer, with vibrant use of colour, painterly techniques and collage, Chris responds and interprets Nature. Recycled materials and a myriad of textures confront and excite us ... " Camilla Loveridge

In October 2021 my mixed media / collage painting "Gaia" was included in an online article "5 Creative and Eco-Conscious Artists Who Use Recycled Materials" written and published by Renee Phillips, founder of The Healing Power of Art in Manhattan. You can read the article at https://www.healing-power-of-art.org/5-creative-and-eco-conscious-artists-who-use-recycled-materials (the painting now looks a bit different having had more layers on it!)

I was involved with management of a local Community Arts Centre and Gallery for 20 years (while still doing a bit of IT work). In January 2021 we dropped our arts management services allowing me to focus on my own art which had taken a back seat for many years. I thought I'd miss talking art so I'm documenting my journey with daily posts on instagram. I'm absolutely convinced that letting art and culture into your life and connecting with nature and your creative self improves your mental health and general wellbeing.

 

Exhibitions


2001 onwards - Numerous art shows and group exhibitions throughout Western Australia


2003
   Solo exhibition at Ngala Family Resource Centre

           Joint Exhibitions in Jakarta and Bogor - "Friendship Through Art”
          
Solo Exhibition "Figure It Out", Atwell Gallery

2004   Collective Exhibition at GaleriaZero, Barcelona "About Painting and Pixels"
          
Group exhibition "Utopia – Artists Working Towards a Better World", Fremantle

           Group Exhibition “Snap To Grid” – Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art

          4 Artists exhibition at Aspro Cottage, Araluen Botanic Park

          Group exhibition “The Two Rivers Project” at Heathcote Museum & Gallery organised/curated by myself and Debra Scidone

          Alfred Cove Art Society “Different Strokes” Old Royal George Gallery, East Fremantle

2006  Digital Art displayed in group exhibitions in Germany, UK, Ecuador, Argentina & USA

         “Different Perspectives” at Gallery 101, The WA Club with the other Heathcote Studio Artists

         Joint Exhibition with Lori Spencer-Neuzerling at Aspro Cottage, Araluen Botanic Park
          Group Exhibition “Snap To Grid” – Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art

2007  1st International Festival of Nanoart, Kotka, Finland

          “Climate Change – The Impact” – Webist group exhibition – online exhibition (Germany based), real-life exhibitions in Durango, Colorado, USA and Toronto, Canada

         Group Exhibition “Snap To Grid” – Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art
         “Gerhard Hoberth & Webism – A Global Movement”, Wasserburg Am Inn, Germany

2010 The Artist’s Landscape” invited artists curated by Laurie Cochrane

         "Trio” with Mary Thomas and Debra Scidone at Atwell Gallery

2011Mandjar Blues” collaborative exhibition with Debra Scidone at the Alcoa Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Art Gallery

Artshow: City of Canning Art Award, 2008
Title: Kimberley Coast
Award: Highly Commended
 
Artshow: Melville Community Arts Association (MCAA) Awards
Title: Reading In Bed
Award: Interesting/Unusual Design
Sponsor: Jackson's Drawing Supplies
Prize: 50
 
Artshow: Alfred Cove Art Society's Awards of Excellence
Title: Wetland Morning
Award: Winner, Mixed Media
Sponsor: Jacksons Drawing Supplies
Prize: Voucher for Art Supplies
 
Artshow: North Midlands Art Show
Title: Wetland Morning
Award: Highly Commended, Mixed Media
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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