A Big Space to Fill
The opening night of the Global Perspective exhibition attracted over 200 guests and with 27 paintings in the show, most of them large scale, they were kept entertained! No one seemed disappointed they had made the effort to travel to the beautiful waterfront at Yarra’s Edge. Demian’s new pop-up gallery, occupying the ground floor retail space of the new Array development was spectacular, even on a freezing cold Melbourne winter’s night.
The work received overwhelmingly positive feedback, with collectors and artists alike praising the show in it’s professional production and the fine artworks on show. The room was electric, the crowd abuzz with so much to talk about given that the two major works, both nearly two metres square, were earmarked to travel to the Gallery of NSW for the Archibald Prize and Wynne Prize. One a portrait of Russell Kiefel the Australian actor and the other a large colourful and expressive landscape painting of a bushfire in regional Victoria. In addition to the major works were several sets of paintings:
1. The Global Village series, depicting significant cities from around the world including New York, Paris and Hong Kong and rendered in highly textural, gestural and yet geometric brush strokes in a style Demian has coined Geo Impressionism.
2. The Braille Series, a series of castings moulded from the Global Village series, white, ghost like replicas made for the purpose of tactile installations, with the guests encouraged to touch the works.
3. The Prayer series, a series of loose portraits, almost sketch like in their expressive mark making, depicting a model, Elizabeth Cavanagh, one of the prayer series, ‘Curious – Blue Meditations’, is shown below.
4. The cloud series, a series of interpretations of clouds in vibrant, visceral colour and texture.
5. And last but not least, several realism oil portrait paintings, including the painting that made Demian a finalist of last years Moran portrait prize.
Opening night was a huge success with many of the paintings sold by 8pm. Demian’s work is now recognised as having serious attention from collectors, attracting prices in the vicinity of $10,000.
“I was overwhelmed by the response on the night, I arrived just after 6pm and I could hardly fit in the door to my own show. I guess the most surprising element of the night for me was people’s reaction to the Braille series, I took a risk hanging 5 white large canvases on the wall, and I thought that opinions would be seriously divided but if they were, no mentioned it to me. People received the works very well and I’m so pleased, a show like this really is like putting your heart on display and the positive feedback is more a relief than anything.”
Hard Work Builds Momentum
Demian is not waiting to hear the results from his Achibald and Wynne prize entries, having entered before, and yet to be selected as a finalist, Demian understands how difficult and special it is to achieve a result in these prizes. He has already begun work on several new projects to keep the momentum, including commissions received since the opening of the show and a submission for another prestigious portraiture painting prize, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (Demian was a semifinalist in the Moran prize last year). Whether or not his paintings are part of the finalists in these prizes, Demian’s efforts in putting this show together have been nothing short of epic. One might say he’s earnt a rest, but not for this driven artist! there is no sign of that happening any time soon!
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