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New Work From A Favourite Local Artist, Super-Charged With Colour + Pattern

Melbourne-based artist Gavin Brown will open an exhibition of works today inspired by the sights, flavours and moods of his travels through Asia.

We caught up with the captivating painter in his St Kilda studio (just a few minutes walk from his incredible home which we featured many moons ago!) to divulge more on Power of Pattern.

Elle Murrell

Melbourne artist Gavin Brown unveils his new exhibition ‘Power of Pattern’ today. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Gavin in his St Kilda studio, alongside works for his new show. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Studio details. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Generally painting in oils, Gavin also has an affinity for print as a media – he highlights its use in his pencil drawings with repetitive printed motifs, used to create energetic backdrops). Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Inspired by recent travels to Asia, the new canvases are highly-evocative, mystical snapshots of his own imagination. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

‘Putting my soul on the line every time I present new work at an exhibition’ is the artist’s biggest challenge. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

‘Being able to create something from raw materials and whatever happens to be in my mind’ brings Gavin the greatest joy. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Elle Murrell
21st of May 2019

Travel is a constant source of inspiration for many artists. In his latest exhibition, however, Gavin Brown attempts to transports the viewer beyond that of the typical travellers’ experience. He desires to explore ‘the surreal, the unimaginable and the unexpected’ and present this in his own highly-evocative, imaginative way.

A recent trip to India, Gavin’s first ever, has resulted in a beautiful new body of work ‘super-charged’ with vibrancy and detail. The rich and exotic use of colour on colour, texture on texture and juxtaposition of subject matter offer a glimpse into the artist’s busy mind, and diverse sources of inspiration. ‘The latest exhibition of my works is inspired by several of my recent travels in Asia,’ he explains. ‘I combine people and animals in ornately patterned settings, which for this body of work, happens to be on magical patterned carpets and rugs.’

Power of Pattern marks Gavin’s 9th exhibition with Melbourne gallery fortyfivedownstairs . The accomplished Melbourne-based artist has staged over 25 solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. He has works held in myriad collections including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Sydney’s The Powerhouse, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

From childhood, Gavin always knew he was going to be an artist, finding that he was very in tune and in love with colour and pattern. Today, he’s wholly satisfied to paint what he likes for a living, nine-to-five, five-days-per week. While he admits it can be hard to put his ‘soul on the line every time I present new work,’ he asserts its an honour ‘being able to create something from raw materials and whatever happens to be in my mind’.

If a ‘job’ like that appeals to you, Gavin’s advice is as straight-forward and impassioned as you’d expect: ‘Be authentic, don’t be afraid to stand out; be open to new experiences, experiment,’ he tells. ‘Put in the hours, create like it’s your last day on Earth’… oh and it goes without saying: ‘Buy more original art!’

Power of Pattern by Gavin Brown
May 21st to June 1st
Opening reception- Saturday 25th May, from 2pm-4pm.
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria

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