Collection Twenty Nine | Phil Stallard 'Water Sonnets' Exhibition

Collection Twenty Nine | Phil Stallard 'Water Sonnets' Exhibition

Odoo • Image and Text

'Cockatoo Island Rain'
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 155 x 155cm
Year: 2022
Artist: Phil Stallard

"I get a glimpse of Cockatoo Island as I drive over the Gladesville bridge on the way to my Rozelle studio, this time it was a rainy early morning. I arrived at the studio and created endless sketches until the composition was right, the things I couldn’t remember I made mistier, so the city has a “vibe”. The mist of half remembering mixed with memories of Pyrmont in the 80’s"

Through the complexity of covid, and floodwaters lapping at my studio at Wisemans, painting for me over the past year has been very Shakespearean. A new studio in Rozelle resulted in me travelling between two studios to paint, with glimpses out the car window of a water-soaked misty world. It is these glimpses that became most of the paintings I completed for the Water Sonnets exhibition.

Like Shakespearean and Milton Sonnets, these paintings are poetic interpretations of the landscape that inspires me, from the sweep of the Harbour driving over Gladesville bridge to the sensuality of the Hawkesbury and Macdonald Rivers. Some paintings are also memory flashbacks to my time working on the harbour in the 80’s, these works produced in Rozelle.

Everything is fluid, memories merge with experiences, the act of painting is transformative. The result is a kind of abstract sonnet.  I want to convey the feeling I get from natural places, if the painting works there is an unequivocal connection to the experience.

I am simply mesmerized by the colour of water, winter mist on the river, the light at certain times of the day – these paintings are an existential feeling out of my world.

Appearing In This Exhibition
Phil Stallard
Phil Stallard

Describing himself as an “Emotional Abstractionist”, Phil Stallard dedicates himself to creating exuberantly coloured paintings with Sydney centric iconography. The theme of water has been a prominent reference point for Phil, of which he further draws upon personal memories of Sydney and the Hawkesbury. With an aptitude to push the genre of landscape painting through an interplay between abstraction and realism, Philip’s strength is found in the ability to balance spontaneous painterly marks with careful consideration for geometric compositions. There exists a playful element to each work, whether it be the strength in colour that radiates excitement or the presence of circles, hearts and numbers, which offer a sense of humanness to each piece. “My work has echoes of improvised jazz, where the artist interprets compositional themes through the act of painting. The result is carefully thought out but with spontaneous elements that give the painting vitality and life. The spontaneity is practiced and repeated until the gesture has the energy and balance that the painting needs.” – Phil Stallard

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Phil Stallard | The Collector's Gallery

11 Artworks

Collection Twenty Nine | Phil Stallard 'Water Sonnets' 2022

27 Artworks
Date & Time

29 June 2022

Start - 10:00 am Sunday

14 August 2022

End - 4:00 pm Australia/Sydney

Rochfort Gallery

Rochfort Gallery
317 Pacific Highway
North Sydney NSW 2060
0438 700 712
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Rochfort Gallery

0438 700 712

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