The Salon des Refuses
If you sometimes go to the Archibald and end up shaking your head and wondering if there weren’t perhaps some other, better entries that could have been hung, then take time to go and visit the salon de refuses at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney. In my experience, it’s always well worth the visit. To encourage you to go this year, I would like to share some of the paintings that are on offer. The exhibition is on until the 15th of October so there is still plenty of time to see it.
The first one below is by GUY MAESTRI a self-portrait as a still life, oil on linen 61cm x 51cm. I really liked the sculptural quality of the work, the broad brush strokes and the concept of painting a bust.
Next up is a painting of Colin Friels, by the artist Christopher McVinish. There is a great rendering of this shirt as you can see in the detail.
One of the most interesting portraits was done using a very unusual technique utilizing stencils, as seen in the detail below. This work is a self-portrait by Sally Robinson.
And here is the complete portrait…..
And of course, there were many others works that were just as interesting as these ones.