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“Elric’s Work celebrates the materiality of paint. Chunky surfaces carve and sculpt their forms‚ from items of a very human scale; still life’s of lemons and household furniture‚ to the monumental Australian landscape; sky studies that elegise the vastness of space through frames of human industriousness. Their breadth is bold and elastic‚ within the weight of the painting surface is the mark of intuitive and confident construction.” Nicole Chaffy- Newcastle based Artist and friend.

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Education

UNIVERSTY OF NEWCASTLE nsw
Degree in fine Arts Graduated 2011
HUNTER INSTITUTE FINE ART NEWCASTLE nsw
Advance Diploma of fine Graduated 2010
HUNTER INSTITUTE FINE ART NEWCASTLE nsw
Diploma of fine arts Graduated 2009
GOROKAN HIGH SCHOOL nsw
Higher school certificate Graduated 1998

Exhibitions

Group Shows:
2008 Front Room Gallery First Year Show Newcastle
2008 Glass Dome café "Suicide Awareness Art Auction" Fund Raiser central coast
2009 "Click Click Bang" 2nd Year Sculpture Show Front Room Gallery Newcastle
2009 Second Year Painting Show Front Room Gallery Newcastle
2010 Middleton Law Firm Art Auction Martin place Sydney
2010 Newcastle Emerging Art Prize (NAS) "Finalist"
2010 Newcastle Art Space(NAS) "On The Run"
2010 Kaleidoscope Gallery Paddington "groupshow"
2011 Kaleidoscope Gallery Waterloo "mymy"
2011 Kaleidoscope Gallery Waterloo "fourheadskaleid"
2012 Kaleidoscope Gallery Waterloo "collaborate"
2012 Watt Space University Gallery Newcastle "collaborative"
2012 Kaleidoscope Gallery Waterloo "illuminance"
2012 watt Space University Gallery Newcastle "Garage Sale"
2012 Emerging Art Prize NAS Newcastle; "Winner works on paper"
Solo Shows:
2008 Glass Dome café solo central coast
2011 Kaleidoscope Gallery Paddington‚ "wax and form"

Curated:
2012 Watt Space University Gallery Newcastle "Collaborative" 3r year Graduation show.
2011 Kaleidoscope Gallery Waterloo "fourheadskaleid"
2012 Kaleidoscope Gallery Waterloo "collaborate"

Influences

Over the last decade I have completed a few different courses‚ most important being my Fine Arts degree‚ completed at Newcastle University where I majored in painting and drawing. I made my way to the University after attending the Newcastle Hunter Street School of Fine Art‚ where I also majored in painting and drawing‚ completing my Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts. I have been a part of many different exhibitions- group and solo shows. I was lucky enough to be joint winner of the 2013 Newcastle Emerging Art Prize in the category ‘Works on Paper’.
I have had the opportunity to curate and help curate shows at the Watt Space gallery in Newcastle‚ the Student Gallery for Newcastle University. I have also been involved in the organisation and curation of the Newcastle fine art degree exhibition held in Sydney at the kaleidoscope galley and Watt space Gallery in Newcastle.
In my current art practice I am focusing on the use of glazing and colour harmony‚ while exploring the use of complementary and split complements. Colour‚ tone and balance are key areas I wish to explore. My work investigates the use of coloured glazing‚ placed layer upon layer to build depth in the painting‚ creating beautiful works on a small scale that invoke thought and draw the viewer in‚ to wander around in this imaginary environment. When creating works I strip back information placing more consideration toward paint and medium.
Early works in my art practice focused on giving the Viewer simple shapes and limited pallet with varying tone. Observing the relationship an object forms with the space it occupies was a focus point. Through my mark making I am able to bring a focus to the medium- a mixture of oil‚ Damar and Bee’s wax- drawing the Viewer’s attention away from the object itself‚ lessening the emphasis toward form. Provoking thought is very important in my work‚ how much information does the Viewer need to see a recognizable object‚ how much does the hue/colour/tone of a painting influence the Viewers’ thoughts and emotions? These are some of the principle thoughts I have when I approach new works‚ obsessing over the surface and weight of an object‚ spending enough time with it until it becomes nothing‚ until the object itself loses all worth‚ then and only then will my work really become about shape and surface.

“Elric has found wax and it is a revelation. His oil paintings gained a refined power by its addition. This has allowed him to focus on deceptively simple things‚ a stapler or a lemon‚ and paint their essence without elaboration. Like a good meal‚ fresh‚ balanced‚ well presented‚ and stays in the memory.” - Matthew Tome‚ Head teacher Newcastle Art School Hunter Street NSW.

40cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Oil Paint
$960
61cm (W) x 45.5cm (H)
Oil Paint
$1,280
25.5cm (W) x 30.5cm (H)
Oil Paint
$810
40cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Oil Paint
$340
40cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Oil Paint
$340
40cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Oil Paint
$340
80cm (W) x 80cm (H)
Oil Paint
$1,820
60cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$440
60cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$340