Darlinghurst Sydney art events. Spalding at Stanley Street Gallery. 16th April to 10th May, 2014. Opening Wed 16th April 6-8 pm: Spalding – Melt, an exhibition of paintings. If you have the chance, don’t miss this events, Yareah friends. It’s worth!
Snow is a constant theme in Spalding’s work. In his landscapes, he captures the vast and unforgiving nature of Australia’s alpine region. Other paintings incorporate humor to playfully depict skiing in Australia.
“I am inspired by the clarity of light at altitude and the quality of the air. The higher you climb the more vivid the colours become and the landscape has a very broad palette. In many ways the name ‘Snowy Mountains’ seems inadequate to describe a place with such environmental diversity and cultural history.” Spalding 2014.
Spalding lives in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. His artwork is strongly influenced by the majestic and raw beauty of the alpine environment, capturing the spirit of the mountains and the shifting interplay of colour and light.
“I see how weather beaten and charred our mountain landscape has become since the 2003 bush fires, with the snow only just covering much of the scarring. While it provides a winter wonderland and playground for visitors, many who come are ill prepared, with very little respect for the radical changes in weather.”
Stanley Street Gallery, 1/52-54 Stanley Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010 http://stanleystreetgallery.com.au/
About Brad Spalding: After graduating from the Bendigo Art School in 1979, Spalding went on to study at the School of Art in Melbourne. Early influences include Fred Williams, whom he studied under at Bendigo.
After graduation, Spalding lived and worked in Europe for ten years. He was involved in sym- posiums and took part in exhibitions in central Europe. Works from this period are found in many private collections throughout Germany, Austria and Holland. His study of the masters during this time has bestowed the work with compositional strength, but his interpretation of the alpine environment is uniquely Austral- ian.
In 1994, Spalding’s painting Old Friends won first prize in the ‘Roof Top of Australia’ exhibi- tion in Thredbo NSW, and in 1995, his painting Main Range won the contemporary section. His innovative and creative works feature in prominent locations around Thredbo Village.
Spalding was the Director of the Thredbo Ski School from 1994-2006 and is now the owner/ operator of Wildbrumby Distillery on the road to Thredbo. He feels a great sense of connec- tion to the landscape of the mountains and the people who live and visit there.
In 2000, Spalding’s portrait of Stuart Diver was selected for the Archibald Salon. In 2007 he held a solo show at the Arthouse Hotel in Sydney, and in 2009 he exhibited at Moulton Galleries, Mosman.