12.09 - 15.09.2019
Salon Ninety One was proud to be a part of the fifth edition of the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair at Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia.
We have took a very playful approach to scale, colour and installation within our SCAF 2019 booth, characteristic of Salon Ninety One gallery, our Artists and our aesthetic. The Gallery Booth A01 featured the work of Salon Ninety Onesignature artists, Kirsten Beets, Paul Senyol and Kirsten Sims. In addition to our featured booth Artists we were thrilled to be representing the work of Amber Moir at NEXT, a group exhibition platform with works from around the world carefully selected by the SCAF team.
KIRSTEN BEETS paints our contemporary Eden. Her paintings inhabit a place somewhere been the real and imagined, a painted mythology that explores ethical realities. She is continually looking at the shifting relationship between people at leisure and the natural world. She isolates the moments of these interactions, sometimes as immersive images other times as curious objects suspended in the picture plane. Snapshots of our curious human interactions with natural environments are all rendered in delicate detail. Her works are complex collections of observations and imaginary musings made manifest in oil paint on paper, board and linen. Her carefully considered compositions tell a subtle story of serenity and loss, leisure and decay, stasis and transience.
KIRSTEN SIMS expresses the way she views the world through painting, seeking a connection with viewers through images. Her work has a strong narrative quality and is often animated by a sartorial crowd of characters, but she just as naturally replaces the theatre of human interaction with the drama of a natural landscape. Whether familiar or imagined, place plays an important role in her work. She lives and works in Cape Town but the vista she has painted most is the ocean view from her family home in Mossel Bay, South Africa. Sims completed a BA in Applied Design at the Stellenbosch Academy and her Honours degree in Illustration at Stellenbosch University. She currently works on editorial and commercial illustration projects while exhibiting her artworks both locally and internationally. Sims paints with a combination of inks, acrylics and gouache on museum board.
PAUL SENYOL is an abstract painter who reflects the details of everyday life, paired down to an empathy with colour, line and form. His work is a crafted response to his wonderings through various spaces. The colours and textures of urban and natural environments inform his spontaneous practice in the studio where every material he uses – acrylics, pastels, ink, pencils and spray paint - is chosen for the particular mark it can contribute to a finished composition. Senyol has been studying art and the mark since his fascination with skateboarding magazines as a teenager in Cape Town. Skateboarding emerged as a gateway to early creative works on the street and remains an important part of Senyol’s experience of urban spaces. He makes regular visits to the public library to source graphics, album covers, magazine layouts and illustrations. Senyol’s unique visual language is founded on the inevitable change and flux in environments. His works are testament to the translation of experiences into form.
AMBER MOIR's unconventional approach to making her watercolour monotypes explores and reconstitutes the limitations of traditional printmaking techniques. Moir’s large works are the result of the intensely physical and unpredictable process of printing with a manual pitch roller. She says of her method: “The challenges within my process create space for the works to acquire greater meaning and be more successful than if it were predictable and easily controlled”. Original paintings are impressed onto calico, creating a confluence of painting and print. Gashes, strips of folded fabric and uneven printed surfaces serve as visual cues of the presence of Moir’s body in her process. Moir graduated from Stellenbosch University with a degree in Fine Arts in 2014. She has worked from Cape Town, South Africa since returning in 2017 from two years of living and teaching on Kyushu Island, Japan.
Beets’ background in 3D rendering, Sims’ formal training as an illustrator and Senyol’s formative years as street artist have come to influence their personal visual language, ensuring an interesting conversation between their diverse works within the walls of the Salon Ninety One booth and the greater context of the fair itself. Their work has shown significant growth, with the artists takings risks, in refining their techniques and pushing the boundaries of their chosen medium. Paul Senyol was the first artist to ever exhibit with the gallery, Kirsten Beets and Kirsten Sims have been showing with Salon Ninety one for eight and seven years, respectively. Amber Moir recently held her first solo exhibition with our gallery and is known for her monotypes on paper and fabric, printed by way of a highly energised and physical process utilising a pitch-roller in order to create these unique works.
We look forward to sharing our Artists latest works with new collectors from Australia and Asia.
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