David Coles – Curator of Chromatopia
Chromatopia is the creation of David Coles, Founder & Masterpaintmaker of Langridge Artist Colours, one of the world’s most respected makers of artists’ oil paints. He has been involved in the world of colour his whole life. The exhibition is the culmination of a life’s work in this field.
Growing up in the UK, he first entered the art materials trade working from the age of 15 in the family’s art shop. After studying painting at Bristol Art College, he moved to London, where his real apprenticeship began, working for one of the oldest and most venerated art materials manufacturers in the world.
At 28 he left London and emigrated to Australia to start his own oil paint company, manufacturing some of the worlds’ finest grade materials. Initially supplying artists and friends within the Melbourne art world it quickly grew to become a national and now internationally renowned oil paint brand. His story is a labyrinth of serendipity, the world of colour he was born into, chance meetings, wrong turns and tenacious pursuit of the alchemical creation of dirt into colour.
With over 23 years experience as a guest lecturer with many of the world’s leading art colleges, David Coles, has helped a generation of artists discover, select, and ultimately master the materials best suited to their artistic intentions “As a Master Paintmaker, professional artist, lecturer and author, I have an extensive professional background that brings a unique contemporary approach to explaining colour. By bringing art and science together, my exhibition attempts to explain the many myths and confusions which surround this extraordinary subject.”
Louise Blyton – Guest Curator (Artworks)
Louise Blyton is a Melbourne based artist who has been working and exhibiting in the field of reductive art for over 25 years.
Her work is often in the form of shaped canvases or three dimensional wall sculptures.
Experimenting with colour, light and form, she explores the fragility of beauty through subtle shifts of colour in layers. The structure of Blyton’s work appears strong and bold, yet it is fragile and reveals evidence of the hand and thus invites a quiet meditation between viewer and work.
Blyton was born in Melbourne and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT
University in 1988. She has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has also curated previous group shows. She has had 12 solo exhibitions, has lived and worked in France and England and held a Redgate Studio Residency in Beijing, China and Williamsburg NYC.
Her work is held in private collections in Australia, England, Europe, China and the USA.