Aspects of York Revisited
Saturday 7th October
Sunday 19th November
Works by the late David Gregson
1987. 30 years on.
Gallery 152 is pleased to be able to present this exhibition of work by the late David Gregson. In 1987 David made numerous field trips to York where he painted in gouache en plein air – York streetscapes, landscapes and its cultural life, including horse races and contestants in the infamous Flying 50s vintage car race, once one of York’s major events.
One of Western Australia’s most highly regarded figurative painters, David’s career spanned over 50 years. His dedication to opening our eyes to the communicative power of art, and his virtuosic talent with a paintbrush, strongly informed his art and continues to influence many aspiring and established artists.
David often likened the act of painting to a magnificent dance, intricately orchestrated to express the mood, character, atmosphere and even temperature of the moment. The considered placement of colours, arrangement of lines and application of brushstrokes all become essential to the visual communication taking place on his canvas. Consistent with his belief in the close proximity of art and life, he consciously tried to remain open to the notes of elation and melancholy, discord and harmony he found in both. He likened gouache painting to a casual chat, as opposed to the deep conversation allowed by oils, but enjoyed the direct, spontaneous and abstract gestures that gouache made possible and which are in evidence in this exhibition.
David Gregson died in 2002 but during his 50 year career, he exhibited extensively in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Western Australia, in Sydney and Melbourne as well as overseas. He completed numerous public art works around WA, was a finalist in the 1987 Doug Moran Portrait Prize and his work is held in collections that include Westpac Bank, Bankwest, Princess Margaret Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner & Royal Perth Hospitals, Art Gallery of WA, Curtin University and University of Western Australia as well as private collections in Australia, Hong Kong, the USA and Japan.
Aspects of York Revisited will open on October 7th through to 19th November, 2017.