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April 2012

April Newsletter

The Odd Couple

‘Where Order meets Chaos’ - Mick Kupresanin and Steve Parkhill

With shades of Neil Simon’s classic play, The Odd Couple, two Geelong painters have been paired in a new exhibition at art@wintergarden gallery starting April 7th. Mick Kupresinan as the neat precise Felix meets the chaotic Oscar as portrayed by Steve Parkhill. Gallery owner Jill Shalles brought the two together noting the contrast in their working styles, techniques and subject matter providing a visually dynamic exhibition.

Artist Steve Parkhill has been tearing-up the image making scene in Geelong of late. Using the unusual technique of oil painting combined with torn paper, Steve’s images make much sense of the phrase ‘the more I look the more uncertain I become’. His triptych The Art Teachers has just won the Zonta 2012 Jan Mitchell Memorial Award. Steve is happy to be portrayed as the messy Oscar Madison. “I take interest in the concepts of chance, coincidence and circumstance. In most mediums, the end result of the artist’s actions is never predictable.” Steve explains, “The interpretation of the image, unlike the intention, is a random result depending upon the experiences of each observer.”

Mick reflects, “We all have elements of Oscar and Felix”. Through the creative process Mick’s paintings reflect the visual order of nature, making sense of a moment in time, observed and recorded.

There’s sure to be something for everyone with a lot of good humour thrown in.

The Odd Couple

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