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Ian Paradine — Morphing the Idol


 Ian Paradine, Shelter, 2017, Pastel, Conte & Pigment on Arches Satine, 55.5 x 45 cm

Ian Paradine, Shelter, 2017, Pastel, Conte & Pigment on Arches Satine, 55.5 x 45 cm

Born in London, with a multidisciplinary practice spanning across painting, drawing, photography and moving image, Paradine places an emphasis on emotion and the psyche. Challenging the traditional notions of space and time, the artist manifests figurative dream-like hybrids existing between a reality we know and understand, and somewhere completely unfamiliar.

Morphing the Idol is a narrative examination of thought, dreaming and the in-between, presented through the guise of whimsical characters born straight from the depths of Paradine’s imagination. The recurrent figures in this exhibition of works oscillate between physical and ethereal states of being, at times blending with air and landscape. These curious characters portray a deep introspection into both light and dark inner states of the human consciousness. 

Educated at the Camberwell College of Arts in London, Paradine has exhibited extensively in Europe, this is his second solo exhibition since his return to Australia in 2012. He is a multidisciplinary artist employing drawing, painting, photography, filmmaking and video within his art practice.