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STEPHEN GIBLETT: INITIAL DREAM

11 Nov — 27 Nov 2022

The paintings in Initial Dream are process-based, beginning with reflex mark-making, layering and successive revision. For Stephen Giblett, this identifies forms that resonate with his own visual syntax. Many of Giblett’s initial marks remain as a scaffold for the finished image and are as important as the final work itself. Because Giblett’s paintings are not preconceived, the subconscious ‘first mark’ can be considered as a catalyst for his final image – ethereal, seemingly back-lit paintings that are sometimes reminiscent of kaleidoscopic stained glass windows.

This work has also relied heavily on the experience of interruption and works were not painted in a continuous stream of thought. Returning to the concept of the stained glass window and motifs of religious ceremony, Giblett explains that these paintings served as an alter: a place to anchor himself in the here and now, in intermittent moments between work, life and being a new father. A departure from Giblett’s previous body of work, where precision demanded that paintings couldn’t be left to dry until they were complete, his latest exhibition is less strict. In Gibletts words, “something more human to look at.” Working sometimes across four paintings a night, this fragmented process came together in an instinctive and meditative way. What manifests itself upon the canvas is the incommunicable feelings surrounding interrupted timelines.

Initial Dream weaves through fragments of post-pandemic landscapes: systems under stress (production, environmental), conspiracy theories, language, and a fascination with the early dreams of his young child – what do these first dreams look and sound like without words or visual comprehension? Guided by his process-based practice and reflexive mark-making, Stephen Giblett captures the abstract and sometimes surreal elements of the everyday – against and with which, we continue.

Stephen Giblett is a Melbourne based artist who has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including a major solo exhibition at the Gippsland Art Gallery in 2012. In 2013 he was a finalist in the 2013 Gold Coast Art Prize, and in 2010 was a finalist in the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize.

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  • DecisionStephen Giblett Decision 2022 oil on linen 40 x 30 cm $1,800.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Do, Make (Make Doer)Stephen Giblett Do, Make (Make Doer) 2022 oil on linen 41 x 31 cm $1,800.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Hand's ShadowStephen Giblett Hand's Shadow 2022 oil on linen 41 x 31 cm $1,800.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Synthesize MeStephen Giblett Synthesize Me 2022 oil on linen 41 x 31 cm $1,800.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Acoustic AttenuationStephen Giblett Acoustic Attenuation 2022 oil on linen 41 x 31 cm $1,800.00 ENQUIRE →
  • The LobbyistStephen Giblett The Lobbyist 2022 oil on linen 66 x 51 cm

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  • Test PatternStephen Giblett Test Pattern 2022 oil on linen 61 x 51 cm $3,100.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Critical SystemStephen Giblett Critical System 2022 oil on linen 87 x 66 cm $3,800.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Movement PatternStephen Giblett Movement Pattern 2022 oil on linen 84 x 61 cm $3,900.00 ENQUIRE →
  • PreludeStephen Giblett Prelude 2022 Oil on canvas 40 x 30 cm $1,800.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Propagation of SpheresStephen Giblett Propagation of Spheres 2022 Oil on canvas 40 x 30 cm

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  • Residues of TimeStephen Giblett Residues of Time 2022 Oil on canvas 30 x 40 cm

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