Melbourne based painter Tony Irving has been exhibiting his sensitive realist artworks since the mid 1960's. His works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Tony Irving’s most recent paintings embrace pop art, avoiding the aesthetic traditions of contemporary high art with its highly individual splashes and statements, instead referencing the stylised, mass-market culture of pulp fiction, graphic novels and film noir.
There’s a familiarity with the images – a sense of déjà vu – and yet there’s also mystery. Irving is always telling a story in his works and here weaves together a narrative arc that hints at foreboding, unease and a darkness beyond the surface. A key theme is surveillance and though the largely monotone works conjure another era, the flashes of colour subtly link the works to today’s world.
Tony Irving will be exhibiting at LIndberg Galleries in August 2017
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