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Image above: Ann van der Zwaag, Flinders Ranges, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 122cm. Photo courtesy the artist.

Australian Colour

Ann van der Zwaag
19 November 2021 – 22 March 2022

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The driving concept behind this series of paintings is to encourage audiences to notice and experience the energy that happens when landscape colours work together.

The process of making these paintings has involved multi-layering of acrylic paints, frequent revision and the use of many imagined colours. Colour is the most important element in these works. Also important, but secondary to the colour, are their texture, perspective, light and composition.

The relative opacity and fast-drying qualities of acrylic paint has given me the freedom to change the characteristics of a painting freely and completely, often several times in one session.

Some artists mix secret ingredients with their paints. Sweat and tears are the most common mediums for artists, but I prefer heavy-duty elbow grease.

The works in this series are not intended to have a narrative or didactic purpose. My hope is that they will delight and intrigue the viewer, that they will be enjoyed on someone’s wall while re-engaging us with the many Australian places we already know and love.

I hope that my paintings remind people of the lovely country and state we inhabit and help us to re-live our own emotional connections. I encourage others to have a go at painting and experience the lovely therapy of just doing.

This exhibition was presented as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

– Ann van der Zwaag, 2021