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David Voigt – Return To Wilderness

12 September – 25 October, 2015

David Voigt Return To Wilderness

You are invited to the Exhibition Opening of new works by David Voigt

Saturday 12th September 2015 at 2pm in the Octagon ArtSpace

Opening by Pamela Griffith Artist-Printmaker

RETURN TO WILDERNESS

David Voigt has been painting his personal brand of Australian wilderness for fifty years. This began with a budding artist’s emphasis on light – that most essential element for any landscape artist – as indeed it is to life itself.

His earliest works revealed a straightforward representation of the landscape, but soon evolved into his trademark non-representational style of viewing it. The geometrically sliced light-enhancing sections are bathed in fragments of traditional elements such as trees, atmospheric rock formations, dramatic skies and lively waterways – both estuarine and oceanic. The fractured works gave vent to personal depictions of perceived variations in the values of light.

Throwing aside general concerns of imposed tags, he ignored terminologies that people tended to lay before him, relying on his closely held belief of being passionately confident in what he was doing. He formed an intense interest in flowers and developed a highly successful series of what he termed – with tongue firmly planted in cheek – his “floral period.” 

David stuck with his idea of being true to himself, pursuing an honest approach to painting based on what he felt – rather than manufacturing a feel to meet a market or trend.

In his formative art-student years he developed an early passion for the work of Pablo Picasso, and even further back to the works of Turner. He perceived both artists as being one hundred percent true to their beliefs. “Turner was free well before the French Impressionists.”

“I’m trying to get involved in packing as much visual information into a small part of the natural world.” In Whispering Plain grass stalks bend defiantly in the treeless, windswept snow country of the Kiandra High Plains. 

An unfortunate recent turn of events led to three years away from painting, further tying him to the decision on the smaller size of a number of these new works. His physical restrictions almost forbid a return to his love for extra large format paintings – a major part of a long, commercially successful and major prizewinning career.

“I still do a few simpler geometric elements, but more as an integral part of the landscape rather than dominating it – a lot of little hard edges married to a freer landscape. It basically enhances the composition – and reinforces the strong movements of the colour fragments – emphasising the highlights.” 

“To be honest I found it very difficult to get into smaller paintings. I really have to discipline myself. Now that I’m able to get back to work I’d like to make a new statement.” 

A small painting on a large studio wall can become a major work in a smaller domestic situation: such as the individual room of a modern apartment or town house. Combined with the right frame it can make for a stronger whole, and a more dramatic piece. Often the frame will draw the viewer into the work.

This return to wilderness is fanning the development of further ideas for smaller, more detailed elements of composition and subject matter. For example, in Clinkers Rest he is looking at “clinker” built boats, based on past fishing experiences on one of his favourite waterways: the Clyde River that rises in the Budawang National Park.

There is a complex visual relationship to be explored between nature and the shadowed edges and sensuous curves of the clinker planks used in the boat’s construction.

The Clyde is one of the few South or North Coast rivers still bounded by high, timbered and rugged hills: not predominantly by rural flood plains. A true wilderness: perhaps not as dramatic as other places in the world but a visual wilderness just the same.

Return to Wilderness heralds a very welcome return by one of Australia’s most respected artists to his art and to Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. At the same time he is revisiting – and at times making a smaller scale artistic investigation of – familiar landscapes. 

With over 120 solo exhibitions, spanning five decades, David Voigt continues to produce passionate, highly skilled and visually stunning representations of the contemporary Australian landscape.

Stan d’Argeavel MAVA Exhibition Coordinator

Descending Secret Realms 180x70cm

Descending Secret Realms 180x70cm

Storm Front 65x50cm

Storm Front 65x50cm

A Silent Journey – Acrylic on canvas 85x130cm $14,500
A Silent Journey – Acrylic on canvas 85x130cm $14,500
Above the Silence – Acrylic on canvas 116x55cm $8,900
Above the Silence – Acrylic on canvas 116x55cm $8,900
Ancient Discoveries – Acrylic on canvas 85x150cm $16,500
Ancient Discoveries – Acrylic on canvas 85x150cm $16,500
Blue Mirrors – Acrylic on canvas 100x60cm $7,900
Blue Mirrors – Acrylic on canvas 100x60cm $7,900
Cathedral For a Sunset – Acrylic on canvas 116x55cm $8,900
Cathedral For a Sunset – Acrylic on canvas 116x55cm $8,900
Clinkers Rest – Acrylic on canvas 65x95cm $8,900 (sold)
Clinkers Rest – Acrylic on canvas 65x95cm $8,900 (sold)
Clyde River Solitude – Acrylic on canvas 65x95cm $8,500
Clyde River Solitude – Acrylic on canvas 65x95cm $8,500
Crystal Trails – Acrylic on canvas 116x55cm $8,900
Crystal Trails – Acrylic on canvas 116x55cm $8,900
Descending Secret Realms – Acrylic on canvas 180x70cm $16,500
Descending Secret Realms – Acrylic on canvas 180x70cm $16,500
Hidden Terrain – Acrylic on canvas 85x65cm $7,900
Hidden Terrain – Acrylic on canvas 85x65cm $7,900
Little Island In Flood – Acrylic on canvas 88x110cm $13,900
Little Island In Flood – Acrylic on canvas 88x110cm $13,900
Mirage – Acrylic on canvas 85x130cm $14,500
Mirage – Acrylic on canvas 85x130cm $14,500
Passage to the Clouds – Acrylic on canvas 65x50cm $5,900
Passage to the Clouds – Acrylic on canvas 65x50cm $5,900
Shadows From the Western Sun – Acrylic on canvas 100x150cm $18,500 (sold)
Shadows From the Western Sun – Acrylic on canvas 100x150cm $18,500 (sold)
Shores Through the Silent Maze – Acrylic on canvas 75x180cm $17,500 (sold)
Shores Through the Silent Maze – Acrylic on canvas 75x180cm $17,500 (sold)
Silent Observer – Acrylic on canvas 65x50cm $5,900 (sold)
Silent Observer – Acrylic on canvas 65x50cm $5,900 (sold)
Silver alpine – Acrylic on canvas 116x55cm $8,900
Silver alpine – Acrylic on canvas 116x55cm $8,900
Storm Front – Acrylic on canvas 65x50cm $5,900
Storm Front – Acrylic on canvas 65x50cm $5,900
Surrounding Infinity – Acrylic on canvas 100x120cm $15,500
Surrounding Infinity – Acrylic on canvas 100x120cm $15,500
Tathra Coast – Acrylic on canvas 56x88cm $6,700
Tathra Coast – Acrylic on canvas 56x88cm $6,700
The Steps of ancient Veils – Acrylic on canvas 115x75cm $11,500
The Steps of ancient Veils – Acrylic on canvas 115x75cm $11,500
Time, Place and Transition – Acrylic on canvas 100x150cm $18,500
Time, Place and Transition – Acrylic on canvas 100x150cm $18,500
Whispering Plain – Acrylic on canvas 65x50cm $5,900
Whispering Plain – Acrylic on canvas 65x50cm $5,900
Wild Monaro – Acrylic on canvas 80x120cm $13,900
Wild Monaro – Acrylic on canvas 80x120cm $13,900