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"William Millward: Echoes"
2005-03-22 until 2005-04-10
Groundfloor Gallery
Balmain, NS, AU Australia

Showing at the Groundfollr Gallery in Balmain, New South Wales, Australia through April 10th is Dr William Millward's latest works in an exhibition entitled "Echoes". Millward states, "The circular format of these paintings is a direct result of the process of making them. I wanted to devise a way of creating images that removed the hand from any direct expressive connection with the painted surface, yet still convey some emotion or feeling within each image."

William Millward continues, "Consequently, I engineered a way of rotating the canvas so that instead of the arm moving to apply the paint, the painting moved and a whole new vocabulary evolved that has been explored."

"This series of paintings initially did not represent anything. They were formed as a result of the process of making and engaging with the emerging image. This engagement is crucial in the development of each image because it reflects the dialogue that occurs between the evolving image and myself. The paintings may have similar beginnings but they soon take on a life of their own as considerations of elements such as colour and shape are made and evaluated. However, during the process of making them it is impossible to dismiss the implications of the forms and this in turn influences the decision making within the process. For example, the circle as a symbol has different meanings in different cultures. In Australian Aboriginal paintings it could represent a waterhole, a campsite or fire, whereas in the wider field of the visual arts the circle may be seen as a symbol of the self. It is my hope that if the mandala nature of the circle is considered the images may provide an opportunity for private contemplation and meditation, and offer some relief from the hectic lifestyle we all seem to lead these days."

IMAGE

William Millward
Where destiny leads, 2002
Acrylic on canvas 1200mm diameter


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