Gallery Panel: Gordon R Carmichael

Art Edit’s curatorial experts offer their take on Gordon R Carmichael's work.

The work: Gordon R Carmichael, Kindred Spirits, 2023. Metallic and acrylic housepaint on stretched canvas. 70 x 50cm. Courtesy: the artist.

The organic textures and dialogue of warm and cool colours introduces a refreshing display of natural elements in Gordon R Carmichael’s work. The lustre of the metallic paint highlights the veins of the work, contrasting the matted white background. The negative space allows viewers to weave through the near symmetrical composition of yellow, greens and oranges. The work brings a sense of serenity and emphasises appreciation for the biological world.

Anna Prifti, Gallery Director, West End Art Space, Melbourne

Kindred Spirits is a testament to the magic of chance and experimentation in the creative process. Carmichael reminds us of the beauty and complexity of the world around us and encourages us to appreciate the wonders of chance, experimentation, and the natural world in our creative endeavours. The work invites us to consider the random and unpredictable, as well as the gaps and layers that lie beneath the surface. By folding the canvas, controlling the flow of paint, and embracing serendipitous moments, Carmichael creates compositions that convey a pure visual sensation of the natural world and our place within it. 

Grace Alty, Curator, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland

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