Julie Ross: Salon des Animaux
Salon des Animaux (Animal Salon), is a body of work reflecting my passion for animals, art-historical paintings & sculptures,
& story telling.
- Opening Date: Tuesday, 11 September 2012
- Closing Date: Sunday, 30 September 2012
- Opening Time: Tues to Fri 11-6pm, Sat 11-4pm
"Salon references the 17th century Paris Salons. These early art
establishments were fraught with artistic prejudice, judgement
& passion. Before long, they were suitably challenged by the
birth of break-away salons such as Salon Des Refuses.
(Exhibition Of Rejects).
I am fascinated by the drama and culture of the European
art world during the 17th -19th centuries, & see some
similarities in todays' art society.
At the National Art Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, I fell
in love with the Schaeffer Gallery. - A room filled with
bronze sculptures and opulently framed floor to ceiling paintings
in the manner of the original french salons. This inspired me to
create a series of paintings expanding on the stories of my
sculptures, providing a stage for their performance. Gesso transfer
onto walnut allows me to overtly reference historical
paintings and their stories. The added oil painting transforms
them into my own aesthetic and narrative interpretation."
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