Celia Neubauer + Mitchell McAuley: Landscapes from the Edge

Celia Neubauer + Mitchell McAuley: Landscapes from the Edge

flutter by celia neubauer

Celia Neubauer

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sweep by celia neubauer

Celia Neubauer

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Hong Kong, China

CELIA NEUBAUER +
MITCHELL MCAULEY

Landscapes from the Edge

6 November - 3 December 2013
Opening reception: Wednesday 6 November 2013,6 - 9 pm

Amelia Johnson Contemporary is proud to present Landscapes from the Edge, an exhibition of new paintings by Canadian artist Celia Neubauer and Australian artist Mitchell McAuley.

The paintings feature landscapes abstracted and reduced to brushstrokes, vivid colour and geometric forms inspired by the traditional landscapes of Italy and Asia. This exhibition examines how traditional landscape painting has evolved and highlights these two artists’ diverse interpretations of the contemporary landscape.

Neubauer’s paintings are inspired by traditional Chinese landscapes and gardens interrupted by unfolding forms creating a palpable tension between the loose brushwork of the landscapes and the more calculated approach to the abstract forms that break their surfaces. As a contemporary take on collage, these works pair a richly historical painting tradition with digitally generated forms, creating singular compositions that continually move the viewer around and between these two worlds.

Inspired by the streets of northern Italy where the artist lives with his family, McAuley’s work comes from saturating himself in the lively colours of Bologna and the shadows and light that fill the streets. Living in a city for the first time, he became acutely aware of the amount of rubbish, especially cardboard in the streets, and decided to recycle it as a canvas. The colours of the cardboard determine the base hues, and the edges the lines of the city. McAuley’s passion for landscape culminated in 1999, when he purchased a farmstead in the outback of northern Victoria and began dividing his time between the country and Melbourne, Australia. The paintings continue his explorations of the Italian landscape, incorporating the stunning blend of colours and textures that McAuley’s work is celebrated for.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Celia Neubauer (b. 1962 Canada)
received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in 1986, and Higher Diploma in 1990 from the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. Neubauer has taught at the University of Toronto's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the University of Guelph, and as a sessional instructor of painting and drawing at Queen's University in Kingston. Since 1986 to date, Celia has mounted 14 solo exhibitions in various venues in Canada; and various group exhibitions internationally. Her works are in the collection of BMO Financial Group, Donovan Collection, Four Seasons, Hewlett-Packard Canada Ltd, Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board, Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington, Toronto, and Trump Towers, Miami.
Celia Neubauer lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Mitchell McAuley (b. 1962 Australia)
received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Victoria College of the Arts in 1984. McAuley has traveled extensively throughout Australia and Europe as well as Antarctica and the United States. His works have been exhibited internationally and are found in the collections of AON Worldwide Insurance, Dresdner Bank, Nelson Wheeler, Societe Generale, Suncorp and the Parliment House of Canberra, Australia.