Circumstantial Evidence

27 March – 20 April 2019

SIMON BLAU

Gallery 9 is pleased to present Circumstantial Evidence, Simon Blau’s thirteenth solo exhibition at the gallery.

Blau’s latest paintings read like fragments of a story that can only be partially pieced together. Subjects emerge out of rhythmic currents of line and colour, painted in Blau’s distinctive palette of green, red, pink, white and grey. His approach is direct and urgent, as if the paint needs to be put down quickly before the image comes into focus. He revels in the kind of associative freedom this rapid process allows: boats, elephants, figures, horses and missiles loop and churn into the high-keyed abstract scaffolding. Blau’s exuberant mark-making acts like a connective tissue, merging together disparate ideas into a surprisingly psychic whole. Each painting is a foil for the interior life – for the non-linear narratives that make up our private thoughts and dreams.

Simon Blau lives and works in Sydney and has been exhibiting regularly since the early 1980s. His work is held in numerous private and public collections including The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, Wollongong City Gallery, Artbank and the Baillieu Myer Collection of Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

Simon Blau
Sinking 2018
acrylic on board
32 × 27 cm

Simon Blau
Slip 2019
acrylic on linen
35.5 × 45.5 cm

Simon Blau
Suicide 2018
acrylic on canvas
40 × 30 cm

Simon Blau
Walking with a bird 2019
acrylic on board
41 × 51 cm

Simon Blau
Waving Skeleton 2018
acrylic on board
52 × 41 cm

Simon Blau
Girl by the Sea 2019
acrylic on board
36 × 28 cm

Simon Blau
Patient 2018
acrylic on board
46 × 61 cm

Simon Blau
Skirt 2019
acrylic on board
61.0 × 46.7 cm

Simon Blau
Steps to Nowhere 2018
acrylic on linen
76.5 × 61 cm

Simon Blau
Messanger 2018
acrylic on canvas
76.5 × 61 cm

Simon Blau
Snake Bite 2019
acrylic on linen
76.5 × 61 cm

Simon Blau
Control 2018
acrylic on linen
91 × 76 cm

Simon Blau
F.Klines'Spider 2018
acrylic on linen
110 × 76.5 cm

Simon Blau
Sailing Dinghy 2018
acrylic on linen
137.5 × 88.5 cm