High Key Worship [after Titian] Adrienne Gaha Adrienne Gaha - High Key Worship [after Titian]
High Key Worship [after Titian] 2023
High Key Worship [after Titian]Adrienne GahaHigh Key Worship [after Titian]
High Key Worship [after Titian]2023
oil on linen
132 x 112 cm
$12,000  ENQUIRE
High Key Worship [after Titian] Adrienne Gaha Adrienne Gaha - High Key Worship [after Titian]
High Key Worship [after Titian] 2023
High Key Worship [after Titian]Adrienne GahaHigh Key Worship [after Titian]
High Key Worship [after Titian]2023
oil on linen
132 x 112 cm
$12,000  ENQUIRE
Adrienne Gaha

Adrienne Gaha’s mirage-like dreamscapes are an emotional and intuitive response to the world, constrained by her formal understanding of painting, surface, and form. Working with glazes, she layers and rubs colours into each other in a process of putting on and wiping off, letting the drips of paint and turpentine create interesting details in the surface. While doing so, she allows her mind to wander and contemplate life and the rhythms of the world around her.

Inspiration might come from mysticism, popular culture, politics, or art history, with Gaha often returning to the same source images over and over again - how these images are reinterpreted with each iteration highlights how she herself is changing over time. The combination of the first two colour layers in a painting are considered rather than spontaneous, often conveying a sense of nostalgia.

Gaha appears to work quickly, with many paintings on the go at one time. But integral to this process is a period of separation from the works - physically putting them away until she is ready to resolve them. This period of waiting is as much a part of the process as the physical act of painting.

The result is ethereal works that collapse the socio-political, emotional, and technical into a single space. Like a Troxler’s fade, tangible moments disappear into the background, figuration breaks down into abstraction, and light fades to shadow. Yet despite this elusiveness, an essence stays for the audience to respond to and recast through their own personal narrative.

Adrienne Gaha is a Sydney-born artist now living and working between Australia and Europe. An alum of the Sydney College of the Arts and the National Art School, Sydney, her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia as well as New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. A finalist in the Grace Cossington Smith Painting Award (2015, 2014) and the Geelong Contemporary Painting Prize (2014), her work is held in public, university and private collections through Australia.

Carrie McCarthy 2021

Born Sydney, Australia Lives and works in Australia and the UK

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023

  • 'Two Autumns', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane

2021

  • 'Verdure', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane

2020

  • 'Arcadia', Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney

2018

  • 'Recent Work', Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2016

  • 'Recent Work', Kalli Rolfe Contemporary at Neon Park, Melbourne
  • 'Snake dance', Greenwood Street Projects, Melbourne

2014

  • 'Vestiges', Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

2013

  • 'New Paintings', Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2009

  • 'Recent works', Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

2006

  • 'London Paintings & Drawings', Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
  • 'Recent Works (with Brooke Fitzsimmons)', Hewer Street Studios, London

2004

  • 'Recent Works (with Brooke Fitzsimmons)', Hewer Street Studios, London

1999

  • 'Recent Drawings', Mori Gallery, Sydney

1998

  • 'Drawings & Photographs', Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

1994

  • 'Adrienne Gaha', The Merchants House of the National Trust, Sydney

1993

  • 'Recent Work', Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

1990

  • 'A Merchant Sailors Gift', Chameleon, Hobart (Artist in Residence that year)
  • 'The Camels Hump', Mori Gallery, Sydney

1987

  • 'The Crossing', First Draft Gallery, Sydney

1986

  • 'Cockles and Muscles', Mori Gallery, Sydney

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

  • 'Spring 1883', Kalli Rolfe Contemporary, Sydney
  • 'Side by Side', 2 person show, Piers Feetham Gallery, London, UK
  • 'Auckland Art Fair', Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Auckland, New Zealand

2018

  • 'Couplings', Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
  • 'All We Can’t See', Yellow House, Sydney
  • 'Condo', Mexico City
  • 'Spring 1883', Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Melbourne

2017

  • '10', Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
  • Sydney Contemporary, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
  • 'Spring 1883', Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Sydney

2016

  • 'Spring 1883', Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Melbourne

2015

  • 'Spring 1883', Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Sydney
  • Grace Cossington Smith Painting Award Exhibition

2014

  • 'Spring 1883', Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Melbourne
  • Grace Cossington Smith Painting Award Exhibition
  • Geelong Contemporary Painting Prize Exhibition

2002

  • 'Sweet Spot', Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne
  • 'Savill Contemporary', Savill Galleries, Melbourne
  • 'The Human Portrayed', Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

2001

  • 'Male Nude: A Private View', Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

1998

  • 'Erotic', Melbourne Fine Art Gallery
  • 'Spring Exhibition', Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
  • Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

COLLECTIONS

ArtBank

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Monash University Museum of Art

National Gallery of Victoria

University of Tasmania

Private & Corporate collection in Australia, France, UK & USA

28 February 2024 – 19 March 2024
‘How To Swim’ Curated by Sally Anderson featuring Lydia Balbal, Kirsty Budge, Eleanor Louise Butt, Mark Maurangi Carrol, Jedda-Daisy Culley, James Drinkwater, Adrienne Gaha, Bridie Gillman, Simone Griffin, Rhys Lee, Eytan Messiah, Sally M Nangala Mulda, Pia Murphy, Miranda Skoczek, John Smith, Ken Whisson, Bugai Whyoulter, Sally Anderson

24 May 2023 – 13 June 2023
Adrienne Gaha ‘Two Autumns’

5 – 21 October 2021
Adrienne Gaha ‘Verdure’

June 4, 2021

ADRIENNE GAHA IN ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE

Adrienne Gaha is featured in Issue Art Collector issue 94, October to December, 2020.

ADRIENNE GAHA: THROUGH ROSE-COLOURED GLASSES

What drives Adrienne Gaha’s latest work is the myriad different interpretations waiting to be discovered in paint.

Words: Louise Martin-Chew Portrait: Jacquie Manning

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