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EDWARD INCHBOLD

Edward Inchbold is a self-taught Australian painter. His work is defined by loose and gestural brushwork and a tension between the figurative and the abstract. Edward began painting in 2020 and has since had his work shown in several art prizes and galleries, including as a finalist in the 2021 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards. In November 2021, he opened his debut solo show, Postcards for Bec at ARO Gallery.

“Previously he had been looking at mere phantoms; now he is nearer to the true nature of being - Plato, the Allegory of the Cave With his ‘Allegory of the Cave’, Plato presents us with a world that is acutely familiar, a complex and layered vision, and one that sits uneasily, because at one time or another we have all been in a version of the cave. We’ve credited a two dimensional and false reality as fact. Susan Sontag, in her book, On Photography, argues that we are still in the cave, and I am inclined to agree. She writes: 'Humankind lingers unregenerately in Plato’s Cave, still revelling its age-old habit, in mere images of truth.' It is this lingering that interests me, even as we learn more about the world, we struggle to confront reality. Often, we find it easier to deal with representations than with reality itself. When the prisoner escapes the cave water, reflections in it are among the first things he sees, he is able to understand. For this reason, I chose to paint scenes of the beach, swimming pools and water. In my work these places become grottos of sorts, liminal spaces occasionally occupied by figures."