Tales of the WindsAn exhibition of paintings by Imbi Davidson
17 January to 15 February, 2015
Imbi’s current exhibition, “Tales of the Winds” demonstrates an evolution from Imbi’s previous work, exhibited here and at Arts Northern Rivers in the last couple of years and her sell-out exhibition at Raft Artspace in the Northern Territory prior to that. There is still the bold, abstract expressionist style and the passion of the artist demonstrated in her strident brushstrokes. The work still comprises Imbi’s gestural marks, but is more about deconstructing and abstracting the Northern Rivers landscape - the patterns of land use across the essentially rural landscape and exploring the sky (the “big” sky) as well as the land. There are also the emotional connections or dissonances felt and expressed by the artist, according to her perception of the landscape; wilderness and interventions - naturalness and degradation.
Imbi’s paintings are also about time and place. “Tales of the Winds” documents Imb’s time in Mullumbimby after her move from the rainforest of Terania Creek. Her works demonstrate a more expansive view of her new landscape and perhaps a more expansive outlook on life.
This is just our take on Imbi’s work. She will, no doubt, have much to add!
There are some surprising older works of Imbi to be on show at the rear of the gallery as well, along with complementary and diverse works of local artists. Some of Imbi’s older works have not been shown here before and are works that she has treasured as representative of certain periods in her life as an artist - fascinating stuff!
Imbi Davidson, Heartland I (left) and Olive Pink (right) - both painted in South Australia in 2008.
From the artist’s personal collection and exhibited as part of a group show which includes the ’retrospective Imbi’.
Imbi Davidson, Studies for Country - Angry Painting I - painted in Terania Creek in 2011-2012.
Exhibited previously at the gallery.