Adventure Island
27 January to 21 February 2020

  1. Arcadia
    acrylic on canvas
    210 x 150 mm
    2020
    $450
  2. Orange flower
    acrylic on canvas
    210 x 150 mm
    2020
    $450
  3. Pink flower
    acrylic on canvas
    210 x 150 mm
    2020
    $450
  4. Honey girl/yellow bird
    acrylic on canvas
    630 x 490 mm
    2020
    $1,800
  5. Sea cave
    acrylic on canvas
    630 x 490 mm
    2020
    $1,800
  6. Bush flowers
    acrylic on canvas
    300 x 420 mm
    2020
    $950
  7. Jungle juice
    acrylic on canvas
    1250 x 1600 mm
    2020
    $4,800
  8. Blue cove
    acrylic on canvas
    1060 x 770 mm
    2020
    $3,200
  9. Island adventure
    acrylic on canvas
    420 x 300 mm
    2020
    $950

Adventure Island is an 80s platform game, set on a tropical island in the South Pacific. The protagonist is a caveman, who fights off eight levels of bad guys in order to rescue his beloved princess.

Across the works the focus shifts from an invitation to the viewer into pictorial illusions of the jungle, to flat, fat and almost clumsy plant forms exist on the surface of the picture plane. The paint itself becomes more important than the illusion. Bush flowers is a significant work, showing a complete break from perspectival illusion. Using the flowers as a framing device that posits the viewer outside of the work looking through, the flowers become the central focal point, leaving the background space blank.

My move to a more decorative style of painting is a natural expressive abstraction of the more cartoon-like forms in my work. Jungle Juice is a painted world where both styles of painting co-exist – the jungle imagery is almost breaking down into graphics within the dark framing foreground spaces.

This shift also speaks to my major interest in Superflat, a Japanese painting movement where the shallowness of consumer culture is reflected in the flattening of perspective, often into flower shapes and patterns.

The natural world has become a product to be consumed, the exhibition is also concerned with the experience of painting: the adventure; the battle; the joy of colour, line, and pattern on a flat surface.

-Anya Sinclair, January 2020