STILL LIFE IS ALIVE AND WELL

FEATURED ARTIST IAN MASTIN MAY BE A LATE BLOOMER BUT EX­PERTLY RECRE­ATES RE­AL­ITY IN HIS FINELY CRAFTED WORKS

Life & Style Weekend - - ART - Tony Gill is co-di­rec­tor of Art on Cairn­cross and has been in­volved in the visual arts on the Sun­shine Coast for 25 years. WORDS: TONY GILL

This week we con­tinue our look at exhibiting artists on the Sun­shine Coast. Ian Mastin is a highly skilled artist and had no idea that he pos­sessed his tal­ent un­til tak­ing to draw­ing as a pas­time in the 1990s.

He also took to wa­ter­colours, but then saw an ex­hi­bi­tion of still-life paint­ings and in­stantly knew that was what he wanted to do.

So he bought him­self acrylic paints and set to work.

His metic­u­lous im­ages are a re­flec­tion of his per­son­al­ity and he ap­plied him­self to mas­ter­ing the tech­niques re­quired by study­ing books and end­lessly prac­tis­ing and tak­ing notes.

Within a short time, his paint­ings were at­tract­ing a lot of in­ter­est and he be­came a full-time artist.

His pas­sion for fine wine, cheese and even clas­sic cigars pro­vide many of the sub­jects for his tra­di­tional, but con­tem­po­rary works.

It is his abil­ity to por­tray an al­lur­ingly ripe strawberry or a creep­ing, ready-to-spread brie which holds the viewer’s at­ten­tion.

These are ex­pertly crafted paint­ings, but one of the keys is that Mastin in­cludes the im­per­fec­tions such as a blem­ish on a pear skin, em­pha­sis­ing the re­al­ity of his scenes.

He wants to con­vey the beauty of or­di­nary things and show they have a his­tory of their

own, es­pe­cially to their own­ers, who may span gen­er­a­tions.

Mastin says he would like his art to make peo­ple “pause a mo­ment and con­sider those who have passed this way be­fore, and of the fleet­ing na­ture of life”.

His abil­ity to recre­ate a finely en­graved an­tique glass so that you can feel the stem in your hand or a smooth, bone-han­dled knife brings each art­work to life.

Ex­quis­ite Beauty is an ex­hi­bi­tion by Ian Mastin at Art on Cairn­cross, Maleny, un­til Au­gust 25.

Check the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery Trail web­site at www.sun­shinecoas­tart­gallery trail.com.au for the many tal­ented artists and the in­di­vid­ual gal­leries open­ing hours.

Gallery snip­pets

Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast Art Gallery

Ex­per­i­menta Make Sense: In­ter­na­tional Tri­en­nial of Me­dia Art

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Septem­ber 7

This is an ex­hi­bi­tion that ex­presses the dis­con­cert­ing and de­light­ful world of the dig­i­tal age. Both playful and chal­leng­ing, each art­work asks au­di­ences to im­merse their senses into a “think­ing, feel­ing and do­ing” con­tem­pla­tion of what it is to be hu­man in the dig­i­tal age of tech­no­log­i­cal ac­cel­er­a­tion. Ex­per­i­menta Make Sense fea­tures more than 20 lead­ing in­ter­na­tional and Aus­tralian artists who are in­volved in me­dia art.

Noosa Re­gional Gallery

Use: se­lected artists

Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Septem­ber 8

Use is a new ex­hi­bi­tion of con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery and small objects, ex­plor­ing the im­pact of tools in ar­ti­san prac­tice, de­vel­oped by the Jewellers and Me­tal­smiths Group of Queens­land.

The Fourth Garage, 8 Witham Rd, Maleny The In­evitable Shape: Mar­vene Ash Ex­hi­bi­tion dates: un­til Au­gust 11

Mar­vene Ash first be­gan paint­ing furniture and do­mes­tic objects when she was rent­ing a hut in the Conon­dale hills in the mid-’80s. “This show re­vis­its my in­ter­est in this sub­ject which is the fluid re­la­tion­ship, both con­scious and un­con­scious be­tween the body and cer­tain inan­i­mate objects that seem to carry the load of hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence,” she says.

PHO­TOS:COUR­TESY OF THE ARTIST (MAIN) AND MICHELLE BOW­DEN, OF VISUALL

EM­PHA­SIS ON RE­AL­ITY: Art on Cairn­cross has Sup­per with Mar­garet, by Ian Mastin. LEFT: Cather­ine Large's Mul­tichrome (de­tail) 2017, Group of Mul­tichrome Shov­els.

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