STILL LIFE IS ALIVE AND WELL
FEATURED ARTIST IAN MASTIN MAY BE A LATE BLOOMER BUT EXPERTLY RECREATES REALITY IN HIS FINELY CRAFTED WORKS
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.
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.
EMPHASIS ON REALITY: Art on Cairncross has Supper with Margaret, by Ian Mastin. LEFT: Catherine Large's Multichrome (detail) 2017, Group of Multichrome Shovels.