New Arrangements is the latest series of still-life paintings by Jane Reynolds and her first to be exhibited at Michael Reid Sydney.
Striking a fine balance of playfulness and precision, Reynolds is celebrated for her artfully constructed clusters of domestic objects interspersed with angular prisms, which she renders with meticulous, hyperreal detail while drawing out the dynamism of their intersecting forms.
These graphic, shapely compositions veer towards poppy abstraction while remaining in the tangible realm of still life. A masterly approach to light and colour sees her optically charged arrangements transcend realism to conjure an illusory, almost dreamlike mood.
With New Arrangements, Reynolds introduces fruit and soft, draped elements to her compositions, bringing an organic flourish that sits in elegant counterpoise with her hard-edged constructivist forms.
For an artist who has previously shown an affinity for mid-century architecture, this new series suggests an embrace of 1980s Memphis design with its strong geometry and graphic stripes – albeit tempered by a softer, autumnal palette of auburn, salmon, peach and ecru that reveals her skill and originality as a colourist.
Following her immensely successful shows at Michael Reid Murrurundi and Sydney Contemporary 2022, New Arrangements now marks a major breakthrough for Jane Reynolds.
The exhibition opens in the upstairs space at our Eora/Sydney gallery on Friday, 6 October. Works from the series can now be viewed online and acquired by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org