Part of the appeal is Valadon’s translation of the pagan into a twenty-first century idiom. In terms of perceptual prism and impact, this earthy sensibility has always been evident in her work, which can be described as beautiful only in its depictions of nature; Valadon’s women are deliberately carnal: slapped around by life, maybe, but still defiant. Her idols are Monet (“for his capture of the light, his obsession with time and how it affected the subject”), Caravaggio (“drama, emotion, beauty, skin”), and, in particular, Anglo-Portuguese artist Paula Rego (“for her stunning, dark, dark drawings of difficult issues – death, sex, relationships”), whose artfully unstudied compositions, textural depictions of flesh, and emotionally dislocated tableaux have clearly influenced her work. Greek and Minoan mythology, too – Valadon traveled to Athens, Crete, and Knossos in 1991 – and the great artists of Italy, where she lived, studied, and painted for a year.
‘Billion Dollar Bodies”
by Antonella Gambotto-Burke
Summer Show, (group show) at Wagner Contemporary until 1st March.
Profile in March Country Style magazine, available 23rd February
ABC documentary ‘Rosemary Valadon - A Sensual World’ to be aired Tuesday April 4th at 10pm, as part of their ‘Creatives’ strand.
Travelling Archibald - my finalist painting of Luke Sciberras is now at Cowra Regional Art Gallery until 19th March.
Rosemary Valadon is a multi-award winning Australian artist (the Blake Religious Art Prize, Portia Geach Portrait Prize, Muswellbrook Art Prize, amongst others). She is a regular finalist in the Archibald, Sulman, Blake, Portia Geach and Mosman prizes... read more