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Richard adams

10 - 28 February 2015

Having spent the past 30 years dividing his time between a successful career as a painter and a jazz violinist, local artist Richard Adams wields a brush as fluently as a fiddle bow. The juxtaposition of these two disciplines is manifest in this latest body of work, Keylines.

Much like his music, improvisation and spontaneity play a leading role in the creation of his paintings, which are filled with light, fluid colour and radiant horizons that remain atmospheric and evocative rather than specific.

In a catalogue essay for Adams’ 2013 exhibition, Hamish Coney writes: The best art, like the best music is an exploration that does not demand a destination at the outset. Wassily Kandinsky described it thus, “Colour is the key. They eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating.”

Puerto Vallarta, 2015. Mixed media on canvas. 101 x 152 cm

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Sea Change Suite I, 2015. Mixed media on paper 89 x 68 cm

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Sea Change Suite II, 2015. Mixed media on paper 89 x 68 cm

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Sea Change Suite III, 2015. Mixed media on paper 89 x 68 cm

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Arizona Dawn, 2015. Mixed media on canvas, 122 x 122 cm

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Sierra Madre, 2015. Mixed media on canvas, 122 x 122 cm

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Scottsdale Arizona, 2015. Mixed media on canvas, 152 x 137 cm

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Pastorale Suite III, 2015. Mixed media on paper 89 x 68 cm

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Pastorale Suite II, 2015. Mixed media on paper 87 x 62 cm

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Pastorale Suite I, 2015. Mixed media on paper 89 x 68 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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