Solo exhibition Drawings 2009 Tim Olsen Gallery, Woollahra
3-22 November 2009
Glowing chandeliers, halos, circles and patterns of light are the subject matter of this exhibition. This body of work consists of drawings executed in charcoal and coloured pastel, that explore the atmospheric qualities of reflected light.
Jennifer Keeler-Milne is known for her large-scale charcoal drawings, but these drawings invite you into an intimate scale of 40cm squares. Capturing movement and contrast of dark against light, the charcoal drawings reveal a particular tonal and textural sensitivity. Alternating with these are the coloured pastel drawings, which glow with rich layers of luminous colour.
Keeler-Milne was stimulated by the subject of light while in Paris, on an artist’s residency program during the winter of 2007. On her return to Sydney, she showed a group of paintings in an exhibition titled ‘La Ville des lumières’ (the city of lights), inspired by Paris as a city bathed in an array of disparate lights, last year she continued the theme in a larger scale show, Illuminations.
This current body of work is the first show of drawings on this theme - drawn to light.