6 – 17 July 2022
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Saint Cloche warmly welcomes back Stacey Rees, a contemporary abstract artist based in the Grampians, Victoria. An observer of life and people, she is mostly focused on painting but also loves to experiment in small sculpture and textural work. She looks beyond what is on the surface and is more interested in the inner workings of things.
The Tropic of Capricorn passes through the centre of Australia and places like Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and Madagascar. Places that hold intrigue, with natural extremes such as jungles and desert, unique flora and fauna, flamboyant peoples, and vivid, colourful energy. The Tropic of Capricorn moves through homes to the most colourful, spiritual, bombastic, exotic, and eccentric people on earth, captivating in a wildly unique way.
This exhibition is a celebration of the vivacious festival of life on earth – a celebration of life and energy.
“I am a Capricorn. I remember exploring Australia years ago and seeing the ‘Tropic of Capricorn’ sign on my travels, next to the road in the middle of nowhere. Since then , it has held this almost nostalgic, spiritual emotion when the words are uttered.
What I find most interesting is where the Tropic of Capricorn passes over. Mostly over water; the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans along with the Coral sea. The countries include Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Australia, and French Polynesia.
This tropical region shares the most diverse living species, more than anywhere else on earth. The people and the places are full of life and energy. Carnival Festivals and cultures that dedicate their lives and stories through song and dance. Colourful woven fabrics and flamboyant costumes. Almost unrealistic when you look at the flora and fauna found in Madagascar, and Australia for that matter. Like the giant boab trees transpires warm feelings of being in an episode of HR Puff ’n’ Stuff.
In this series I’m exploring colour and movement, taking flamboyant risks, and mixing them with exotic compositions and textures. Celebrating the eccentric side of life.”
~ Stacey Rees
About Stacey Rees
Stacey’s studio is surrounded by bushland with breathtaking views of the Grampians Mountain range where she works most days uninterrupted by the stresses of outside influences. A quiet observer, Stacey loves spending time in her studio, totally immersed in music, art and her dogs.
She is mostly draws inspiration from photographic images, and their subject matter composition and placement.
Artistically she is inspired by the likes of contemporary artists, Yvette Coppersmith, and Justin Williams. Also, great Australian artists such as Mirka Mora, Sidney Nolan and Guy Warren to name a few.
Stacey has been exhibiting since 2002 and was most recently a finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize, in 2020.
Saint Cloche proudly represents Stacey Rees.