Corinne Loxton Bio
The natural world is a place of retreat for artist, Corinne Loxton - a place to be free, to commune, reflect and be reenergized. She draws on nature’s processes and events to make work that speaks about the inherent value of nature and the human condition. Each of the paintings in her Bird’s Gallery exhibition, to move, to breathe, to float, to fly…, is a response to an experience in the natural world that simultaneously grounds and lifts the viewer up, to glide in ethereal space.
Corinne Loxton actively crosses the divide between man-made environments and nature – she represents the ever-increasing trend of city-based artists to seek an authentic experience of connection with land. Loxton moved away from the inner west of Sydney 2 years ago and now lives and paints in Blaxland in the Lower Blue Mountains and also makes frequent forays into the natural environment to pay attention and to paint.
Loxton writes, “I paint the sky because it is a boundless space – a place that is ‘other’ – often beautiful, but not benign. The transience of light and form allow me to free-fall and to glide, to experience tumult, disorientation, peace, euphoria…”
Over the past 20 years she has been painting landscapes that invite the viewer to experience drifting into and beyond the everyday – from earth to air. She has exhibited widely, including most recently, a highly successful solo show, Drifting, at Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney. She has received several commissions and awards, most notably the Elioth Gruner Art Prize awarded by the Art Gallery of NSW (1999), and a Residency at La Cité Internationale Des Arts in Paris (2000). Her work hangs in private and corporate collections in Australia, USA and South Africa. In 2014 she was selected as a finalist in the prestigious NSW Parliament Plein Air Art Prize.
The opening on 24 October, 2-4pm, promises to be a feast for lovers of art, poetry and music. Loxton is collaborating with acclaimed Melbourne poet Cathy Altmann, who in 2014 won the Australian Anne Elder Award for the best first book of poetry, with her book Circumnavigation. Altmann will give a poetry reading and together with Angela Chandler, play a musical item.