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Kate Hopkinson-Pointer

Kate Hopkinson-Pointer

Vast skies and endless ocean – both are iconic elements of the Australian landscape. They are also the subject matter of Kate Hopkinson-Pointer’s latest collection. A master colorist, her large-scale canvases dominated by Prussian and cobalt blues, are entry into a watery world both dream-like in mood and epic in nature. “Dream-like” is a phrase that Kate Hopkinson-Pointer uses most often to describe these works. She’s referring to the heightened reality that is the familiar territory of our sub-conscious. Although these large oils (1.4 x 1.35m) might bring to mind the German Expressionists in their use of colour and form, Kate Hopkinson-Pointer says that she is more influenced by the Russian Rayonist movement whose leading figure Mikhail Larionov became fascinated with how to depict light in painting after discovering the works of Turner.

Kate Hopkinson-Pointer’s new paintings share this fascination with light, its reflection and refraction on water, the way shafts of light break through clouds, or more mysteriously, the way light is seen from underwater – an effect both mysterious and unnerving.

This collection, although on a similar watery theme to “Upon Reflection”, her show at Iain Dawson gallery two years ago, is quite different. Here, the artist uses French watercolour paper, applying oil paint in layers to build up a depth of vision that is both assured and dynamic.

Although very different from Turner in style, Kate Hopkinson-Pointer’s share the English painter’s sense of drama. These seascapes are constantly in a state of flux, alive to the changing weather conditions and the potential of nature to unleash its power.

10 – 30 November, 2010 at Gallery@28

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