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TDF Collect · 'Burgundy' by Bobby Clark

TDF Collect

ANNOUNCING our next TDF Collect art exhibition, opening in two weeks time in our Collingwood gallery!

We’re thrilled to host Burgundy‘, the first ever solo show for Melbourne based artist Bobby Clark.  This exhibition brings together 12 original paintings, in an intense study of form, composition and balance, inspired by the dystopian themes of The Handmaid’s Tale.

The show opens on Saturday October 28th, with drinks from 2.00pm that day – we hope you’ll join us!

16th October, 2017

Artist Bobby Clarke Bobby in her partner Steve Clark’s sculpture studio, with works on paper for her upcoming show, ‘Burgundy’. Photography – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Details from Bobby’s studio. Photography – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Burgundy IX, Acrylic on paper, 76cm x 124cm.

Details from Bobby’s home studio. Photo –Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Burgundy IV, Acrylic on paper, 76cm x 124cm

Bobby in her partner Steve Clark’s sculpture studio. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Bobby at home. Photo –Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Home studio detail. Photo –Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Home studio detail. Photo –Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Burgundy III, Acrylic on paper, 76cm x 124cm

Lucy Feagins
Monday 16th October 2017

It was less than one year ago that we first discovered and featured Scottish-born Melbourne artist Bobby Clark. What a year it’s been! Bobby’s distinctive paintings have been steadily gaining a huge fan base both in Australia and internationally – her biggest highlight so far has been participating in an exhibition curated by Solange Knowles and Saint Heron at The Guggenheim in NYC earlier this year (she was approached directly by the singer via instagram *swoon*!).

Originally from a small town in Scotland called Greenock, Bobby studied fashion and textiles in the UK, before relocating to Australia with her partner, Steve (an insanely talented sculptor who we have also featured!). The pair originally intended to travel the world – but fell in love with Melbourne’s creative community, and never left.

Over the past twelve months, Bobby has been focusing on taking her practice into new territory, exploring new shapes, colours and larger format paintings. ‘I’ve been really thinking less just about putting paint to paper, and trying to work on why I am doing what I am’ the artist muses.

2017 has been a transformative year for Bobby. ‘I transitioned to working solely for myself’ the artist explains. ‘I also had a surreal collaboration with Solange Knowles and Saint Heron, having my art work used for their show ‘An Ode To’ in The Guggenheim in New York. That still doesn’t feel like it really happened. It’s insane to know someone who inspires me on so many levels, knows I exist’.

Aside from her art practice, Bobby is also a talented photographer, shooting regularly for a number of local creative businesses including Pop & Scott, In Bed Store Journal and Little Company. ‘I love that my days are never the same’ she says.

We’re thrilled to be hosting Bobby’s first ever solo show – an intense study of form, composition and balance, entitledBurgundy .  As the title suggests, this show brings together a collection of works in various shades of this signature hue. The work is inspired, in part, by the subject matter and cinematography of The Handmaid’s Tale, exploring themes of femininity and human resilience.

‘I can’t wait to have my first solo show’ Bobby says. ‘Seeing my work in a gallery space is something I’ve dreamt of since I was wee, so it’s going to be a real proud moment. It’s been 30 years in the making!’.

 ‘Burgundy‘ by Bobby Clark
October 28th to November 2nd 2017
Opening Saturday October 28th, 10am – 5pm, with drinks from 2pm

TDF Collect Gallery
14 Little Oxford Street
Collingwood, Melbourne

All the works in this show are now pictured on the TDF Collect website, and are available to purchase via email from today – enquiries, email elle@thedesignfiles.net.

This exhibition is generously supported by DuluxCapi, and Dan Murphy’s.

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