How to draw trees- A&D's Peter Sharp
- When 18 Aug - 6 Sep 2017
243a Liverpool Street, East Sydney, NSW 2010
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Award-winning Sydney-based artist and UNSW Art & Design Senior Lecturer, Peter Sharp's most recent exhibition, How to Draw Trees, has opened at Liverpool Street Gallery. With reference to Sharp’s ongoing exploration of nature, particularly that found in the deserts and coastlines of Australia, the exhibition provides access to a form of visual expression that’s both honest and elemental.
Those familiar with Sharp’s work and style will be aware he produces art on a grand scale, usually pieces that fill entire walls with dark lines and deep colours. This time around, he’s produced small-scale reflections of the many parts that form the whole. Leaves, trunks, seeds, shreds of bark, branches, and debris are each drawn and hung like an exercise in positive and negative space.
Audiences are invited into close proximity to observe the textural depth of each component, together which offer a surreal totality of nature’s monumental perennial plant – the tree.
For Sharp, the medium on display, charcoal sketches, is his most instinctual method of production. “My primary media,” he explains, “would be drawing, as without that initial interrogation of the landscape I’d be lost!”
Uniquely for Sharp, this latest exhibition has also resulted in the production of a book, with the same title. He says, “it's a catalogue of 46 drawings made out in the field looking at the ubiquitous Australian Eucalypt tree.”