Paintings by Konstantin Bessmertny, David Frazer, Karen Mead, Gill Rocca, David Smith, Datsun Tran and Wong Kai Kin
11 December 2013 - 7 February 2014
Opening reception with the artists:
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | 6 - 9pm
Amelia Johnson Contemporary is proud to present a curated exhibition of small paintings by gallery artists and two newcomers to the gallery’s stable, Gill Rocca and Karen Mead.
This exhibition is inspired by the aesthetic significance that miniatures evoke and endeavors to draw the focus of the artist and their viewers to a subject or image within the allotted space of 19 x 24 centimeters, or more widely recognised as the size of an iPad.
About the Artists
Konstantin Bessmertny was born in Blagoveshchensk, Russia, across the Amur River from
Heihe, China. Bessmertny has spent the last eighteen years living in Macau’s Special Administrative
Region. During that time he has risen to become one of its foremost artistic ambassadors,
having represented the enclave in its premier pavilion in the 52nd Venice Biennale in
2007. His works are held in collections that include the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou,
China; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Macau, and the Standard Chartered Bank of
Hong Kong; and have been exhibited in Museums that include the Museum of Contemporary
Art, Fukuoka, Japan; the Museum of Art, Macau; and the Museum of Contemporary Arts,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
David Frazer was born in Victoria, Australia and his work is largely inspired by the Australian
landscape. Frazer’s artwork explores the themes of truth, despair and the emotional and
fragile states of the human condition. With his characteristic imagination and wit, David
depicts isolation and both rural and urban decline in his finely detailed wood engravings,
lithographs, etchings, paintings and bronze sculptures.
Karen Mead is a Hong Kong born artist and printmaker. She has spent the last 12 years in
the UK where she completed her BA in Fine Art and an MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking.
Although her recent work favoured a combination of lino cut and photography she has
begun to draw or paint onto these surfaces. Returning to Hong Kong in 2012 her previous
themes of solitude and isolation have been overtaken by observations on the flux and flow
of the Hong Kong scene. This has resulted in work that is spatially congested and incorporates
multiple viewpoints, transparency and layering.
Gill Rocca was born in the UK. Her small paintings create a tension between the reality of
the landscape and the imagination. Gill received Honours in Fine Art at Leeds University
before completing her MA (with Distinction) at Winchester School of Art, Barcelona and UK.
Her work is held in private collections worldwide including those held by The Royal Bank of
Canada and British Airways. Her work has been shortlisted a few times for the prestigious
David Smith is an Irish artist based in Hong Kong. His work suggests a sense of transience, a
feeling of being in a place, yet not in it fully. The subjects are often isolated, cropped or momentary,
showing interplay between architectural/man made elements like buildings,
tankers, jets and changeable environmental conditions like light, weather and pollution.
The processes involved are central to the work, employing washes and the chemical qualities
of oil to disrupt, dissolve, shroud or alter a piece. The small scale of the paintings is a
deliberate attempt to engage with the polarity of depicting vast, elusive spaces on an
Datsun Tran is a Melbourne born artist. His spray paint and resin birds started as a street project
designed to give those that came across the works pinned up on walls little unexpected
surprises and make them smile. Tran chose the bird as a strong symbol, it has a transcendent
quality that lifts people from their lower self to their higher self, from material world
to the spiritual world.
Wong Kai Kin was born in Hong Kong and is a graduate of RMIT. His works explore the relationship
of human condition and the urban environment, specifically the condition of isolation,
loneliness, helpless and boredom. The small paintings that Wong presents are taken
from black and white newspaper illustrations of architects computer drawings of show flats.
He repaints them using colour and paint texture to give them an emotional content, and is
interested in the way we project our dreams and desires through imagining owning material