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Upcoming Exhibition - holding pattern

holding pattern

Tuesday 26th April - Saturday 7th May 2016

fortyfivedownstairs 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Hours: Tue - Fri 11am to 5pm, Sat 12pm to 4pm

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Tina Douglas strips back the language of painting to reveal the underlying tension between intuitive mark-making, expansive fields and the self-imposed rule of the grid.

In her first solo exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs, Douglas presents eight new canvases, seven large rectangular and one square work on linen. Collectively, these largely monochromatic works refine her practice as a tightrope walker, perched precariously between the imagined and the real, structured and unrestrained, and rational and emotive.

Douglas occupies, quite literally, a space in-between. Neither figurative nor abstract she eschews traditional three-dimensional configurations or flat, non-objective space. In its place Douglas offers a skilful (and often playful) interweaving of line, form and colour that changes dramatically from one canvas to the next. She turns the rules of art upside down. Masking tape, essential to eliminating the hand of the artist in hard edge painting now helps to produce subtle textures, bleeds and runs. Unstable reflections are introduced, along with free-form molecular shapes, pulsating rhythms and the suggestion of day and night. Although these aspects have a basis in the observable world they are more felt than seen, something there, but not quite.

Rodney James, March 2016

holding pattern will be an exhibition of large paintings which will coincide with an exhibition of works on paper at my studio. 

There is a little catalogue of works available of this show. holding pattern exhibition booklet, colour, 24 pages, self published.

If you would like a exhibition booklet please email me at


Image: has your spine held (detail) 2015 Oil & gesso on linen 300 x 150 cm


Earlier Event: April 5
Make It Up Club
Later Event: April 27
Upcoming Exhibition - draw