The decorative embellished interiors of the Rococo differ greatly from the stark pristine modernist architectural ideals of gallery spaces. This new series of paintings alludes to a shift from Rococo to Modernism in the use of ornate decorative borders in contrast with the colourfield flattened abyss of the interior spaces.
Each work employs the use of gestural brushwork and metallic pigments layered and mirrored to deceive the eye. A preoccupation with a shifting image, through colour and light reflection, is continued throughout the exhibition. This series of work was recently exhibited at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair.
Belem Lett is a Sydney based artist and Director of Wellington St Projects. Lett graduated with a BFA (hons Class1 ) in 2008 and an MFA in 2012. He has participated in over 30 group and several solo exhibitions since graduating. In 2010 he received the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. In 2011 he held a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. He has exhibited at Art Fairs including Spring 1883 (Melbourne), Den Fair (Melbourne) and Sydney Contemporary (Sydney). Lett has also been a finalist in multiple prizes including: The Tim Olsen Drawing Prize (Highly Commended), Fishers Ghost art Award, NAB emerging Artist award, The Sunshine coast art award, The Padddington Art prize (Highly Commended), The Chippendale New World Art Prize, and The Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize (Highly Commended).