Tables, Windows, Birds and Bright-Eyed Female, 2009
titled on reverse & dated
oil on linen
85 cm x 105 cm
Watters Gallery, Ken Whisson- Paintings and Drawings, 7th ‘til 31st 2009 #2
Private collection, Sydney
Ken Whisson believes that art must be created unhindered by rational thought or taught stylistic technique. When Whisson puts brush to canvas he strives to allow an ‘intuitive focussing of memories, ideas, emotions’– to capture not just his but his viewers’ ‘thoughts as they are about to form’. Some of the brightly delineated figures on his canvases are immediately recognisable; other grids, lines and marks act as springboards from which to launch the viewer’s own memories and associations.
Having studied art at Swinburne Institute of Technology, Whisson became a pupil of Danila Vassilieff and came into contact with the seminal Australian expressionists of 1950s Melbourne including Albert Tucker. Through travelling and living overseas, Whisson has witnessed the development of many modern art movements. He encourages critical viewing and abhors sheep-like adulation of the latest art fashion, scathingly describing some aspiring museums of modern art as containing ‘conceptual art without concepts’.
Whisson strives to keep ‘the flow of creativity open and expanding’. For many years he painted canvases in two stages, turning them to the wall for a few months after the initial painting before returning to them for a second, equally spontaneous onslaught. Rather than analysing his paintings to identify continuities of style or subject, he works from the remembered and the imagined so that images from certain periods often reappear years later.
Whisson is held in almost every major art museum in the country and many significant private collections both domestically and internationally.Enquire