23 Mar 2021 to 10 Apr 2021 Once Only Event
James Yuncken returns to fortyfivedownstairs later this month with a new series of very small paintings. After focusing on Australian cityscapes and landscapes previously, Yuncken expands his observations internationally, at a time when international travel is certainly off the cards for many of us.
Travels With My Wife explores bustling harbour and airport scenes in Hong Kong. The challenge of depicting a huge city on a small scale has resulted in intriguing snapshots of cosmopolitan life.
Of the impetus for the exhibition:
Yuncken’s wife travels to Hong Kong about six times a year for work. He go sometimes to keep her company. Yuncken didn’t expect a mega-city, an international finance hub to be fertile territory to paint.
But first the airport – an artificial island in the South China Sea which sets a multitude of airliners against clouded mountains rising above chilling rows of apartment towers in one direction, or a host of dredges and ships in the other – and then the harbour where ships of all shapes, sizes and ages, overwhelmingly industrial, grubby, somehow nevertheless romantic, inhabit a haze, tropical and industrial where everything is just a bit unclear.
Yuncken had to paint all that.
Once Only Event
23 Mar 2021 to 10 Apr 2021