Ian Kingsford-Smith exhibition
A solo exhibition of painted fragments and wood engravings
In this exhibition Kingsford-Smith has referenced practices within ancient Egyptian and Roman culture that were used to combat feeling of existential anguish and doubt. The texts inscribed on the wood blocks reference ancient Egyptian letters to the dead, while the coloured imagery on their verso drew inspiration from ancient Roman frescos that depicted mythical scenes. In keeping with his larger body of work, Kingsford-Smith looks for connections between the psychological impulses underpinning ancient practices and our own within the contemporary world.
The Egyptians believed that the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped to the extent that it was possible for the dead to intervene in the affairs of their families and acquaintances. The relatives of the deceased therefore often sought to communicate with them by writing letters. The texts on the back of the wood blocks, in this exhibition, communicate the range of ways of relating to the dead during the ancient Egyptian period. Many of the letters had a cathartic role – spouses wrote about their sense of loss to their deceased partner, or plead for permission to move on with lives and to take another spouse.
A series of thirteen wood engravings is also included in this exhibition. The imagery within them extends the themes present within the painted blocks. The relationship between the living and the dead and the diverse dimensions of human experience are depicted.
Opening Tuesday 15th October, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates Tuesday 15th to Sunday 27th October 2019
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 .00– 6.30pm. Saturday
and Sunday 12.00 – 5.00pm
ARO Gallery, 51 William Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
0414 946 894 email@example.com
Kingsford-Smith sees himself as a visual storyteller. “In my art practice,” he says,
“history, personal history, memory, family records, ambitions, fantasy, dreams,
mythology and spirituality” all combine to create enigmatic narratives. They are
detailed but do not tell one explicit story, rather they tap into the viewer’s imagination
and evoke a multitude of possible storylines. Each of Kingsford-Smith’s images
evokes a larger story and meaning through his ability to play subtly with colour, line
and scale. Ian is a fulltime artist working in Sydney. He has studied painting with a
number of leading New Zealand painters including Colin McCahon, Michael Smither
and Toss Woollaston.
Ian has had solo exhibitions at Spazio Tadini Museum, Milan, Italy, Narrative
Fragments of Life 2018 with the Lineage (2017) artworks being accepted into their
permanent collection, ARO Gallery, Sydney, Votives 2018, ARO Gallery, Sydney,
Afterlife 2017, M2 Gallery, Sydney, 2016 Lineage, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney, 2015
Mappa Vitae, GAFFA, Sydney, 2014 Pilgrimage, Global Gallery, 2013 Dreams in
Captivity, 2012 Australian Stories, 2011 Dingoes, 2010 Trees on Paper and group
exhibitions in painting and printmaking in Florence Italy, New York USA, Melbourne,
Cairns and Auckland NZ, and as a finalist in the Australian Contemporary Art Award
2016. His work is represented in private and corporate collections in South Korea,
Italy, USA, Sweden, France, Germany, Wales, England, New Zealand and Australia.
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