SELVA VEERIAH | Be As You Are
Recent paintings | 11-29 April 2015
Melbourne lawyer-turned-artist Selva Veeriah creates intuitively inspired soft abstract paintings.
Born in 1968, Selva was raised in Malaysia. As a teenager, he was passionate about studying fine arts and becoming a full-time painter. However, a certain life-changing event redirected him onto an entirely different path.
He was admitted as a barrister in the United Kingdom and practised in Malaysia for many years before emigrating to Australia in 2005. After almost two decades of working in different countries, he ultimately followed his heart and gave up his legal career to return to his first love.
Selva is mainly a self-taught painter. He is inspired by the philosophy that a quiet mind is the key to unalloyed happiness, and believes the simplest way to achieve this is to just ‘be’ yourself and allow life to unfold naturally.
His approach to creativity mirrors his perspective on life. He explains, “In making art, my role is simply to hold a brush to the canvas; creativity charts its own course. I start with a blank canvas and go with the flow, but truly the painting takes a life of its own. The colours and brushstrokes are chosen intuitively, without any preplanning or preconceptions about how the final painting might look. Inspired ideas bloom and take shape, as all necessary components come together one layer at a time. The hues, values, and composition are continually adjusted until the painting reaches a certain dynamic balance and feels complete.”
The outcomes of this intuitive process are paintings that embrace a mix of styles, but for the most part, lean towards organic shapes and earth tones that resemble naturalism. Selva’s artworks are colourful, decorative, and showcase a mix of detailed patterns with undertones of gestural abstraction. Some of his pieces are playful and charming.
Feature in Booroondara Progress Leader 21.04.2015
CALLY LOTZ | Simply There
14-28 February 2015
Exhibition Opening Saturday 14 February 2-4 pm
Join us for a glass of wine or soft drink!
Cally Lotz is a contemporary still life painter. She received a BVA (hons) from the University of South Africa, and has participated in over 20 group shows and 2 solo shows in South Africa, Germany, India and Australia. She has lived in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and is currently residing in Melbourne, Australia. Lotz was awarded a year’s residency at St Vincent’s where she is currently practising her art.
Her paintings are mostly oil on canvas and her signature work consists of contemporary still life that focuses on objects which are not urbane, packaged products for sale, but objects for focused consideration and meditation.
My paintings are meditative – both as process and as product. The concept of meditation is to slow things down, and that is my aim; to slow down the viewer’s eye, to share the experience that everyday objects become transfigured when looked at closely. The emphasis in this exhibition is not on the physicality of the objects themselves – there is no conscious intention of implying deeper symbolic meaning, but more of cultivating an awareness of the enigma that things exist. The visual world has always had a hypnotic effect on me, so it is only natural that an atmospheric kind of realism has eventually become my language of expression. An appreciation of the sustained power of observation is my mantra
Cloth on a Box | oil on canvas | $390