Dave Sparkes


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Grafton Re­gional Gallery Un­til 21 Oc­to­ber, 2018 New South Wales

Fas­ci­nated by sun­light, shadow and re­flec­tions, of­ten paint­ing from the ‘con­tra jour’ (into the light) view­point, By­ron Bay artist Dave Sparkes strives to cre­ate an at­mo­spheric mood in his paint­ings through the shad­ow­play of tree trunks and sur­round­ing flora. In ‘Lu­mi­nos­ity’ Sparkes evokes a sense of whim­si­cal, al­most melan­choly re­al­ism, an al­ter­nate world sug­gest­ing a time be­fore hu­man in­ter­fer­ence with the land­scape; places along the East Coast of New South Wales un­touched – ‘just hum­ming along in their heart­break­ingly pris­tine state.’

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