Art at Home | Greyscale

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    In this Art at Home feature, we explore ‘Greyscale’ at the height of dramatic art and how the depths of black and white translate through interiors.

    Through sculpture, photography, and paintings, we uncover the practice of eight artists who probe shadow and form aesthetics in their distinctive artworks.

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     Silver gelatin print by Herb Ritts, painting by Nunzio Marino and CNC foam artwork by Tom Adair as pictured in the home of Nickolas Gurtler | Photography by Timothy Kaye

    Nicole England

    In greyscale photography, Nicole England’s ‘Heide Solitude’ series explores McGlashan Everist’s architecture for the Melbourne art gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art. Nicole’s depiction of the building invites the similar thinking of a sense of mystery and weathering over time that John and Sunday Reed’s brief to architects first requested — a balance of negative space and gentle ageing revealed.

    Joshua Yeldham

    Sydney-based artist Joshua Yeldham depicts the landscape through an eerie black and white tonality that invites whimsical dreamscapes. Using a mixed media approach of oils on board, works on paper, and sculptural elements, the artworks take the viewer on a journey of fantasised realities and imagined mythology.

    Glen Allsop

    Now based in the US, Sydney-born photographer Glen Allsop seeks out the unexpected to capture a sense of atmosphere, evoking bygone eras of glamour and noir. The result of his art photography relishes in the greyscale — an oscillating scale of moody, uncanny scenes with intriguing compositions that add points of interest to architecture.

    Hiroshi Sugimoto

    Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto investigates themes of time, empiricism, and metaphysics through his art photography. Known for his seascapes, the artist employs a methodology of long exposure resulting in serene imagery in a greyscale colour palette that invites thinking spanning memory and place.

    Isobel Rayson

    Surrounded by her rural New South Wales environment, Isobel Rayson takes inspiration from the landscape for her detailed mark-making, carved into woodblocks. The regional artist explores the remnants of nature’s lifecycle – fallen seed pods or weathered wood – taking photographs and drawings back to the studio to repeat the patterns in abstract forms.

    Hannah Quinlivan

    Sculpture artist Hannah Quinlivan uses line and form to translate contemporary issues such as human migration, emotional cognition, time’s flowing passage and traditional scopes of landscape and remoteness into art. Her black and white wire installations adorn public buildings and privates spaces to a similar effect, enveloping the audience with a hypnotic effect.

    Eva Fernandez

    Canadian and now Perth-based artist Eva Fernandez explores fragmented histories through her experiences as a child of Spanish migrants and the Spanish Diaspora in the 20th century. Her artworks capture this sense of history through highly stylised and surrealist photography. The audience is left to question what we see while connecting to the past.

    Troy Emery

    Taking art into the surreal through a noir palette, Melbourne-based artist Troy Emery’s sculptures transcend the physical into life-size depictions of beloved furry creatures. With a distinctive textile appearance, they are instantly recognisable, adding personality through art while examining our relationship with animals.

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