Image: Vicki Varvaressos, Woman with thing in the air, 1993, acrylic & oil on board, 138 x 122 cm
Vicki Varvaressos’ works emphasize her inner feelings and emotions over objective depictions. Her dramatic figures contrast with a limited palette applied in broad, loaded brush strokes. After twenty years as a renowned figurative artist, her style eased its way into abstraction, and since then Vicki continues to work in both styles, with some paintings seemingly transitioning in-between. For the Sydney-based painter, abstraction is just a different painting vocabulary. “It’s the same language”.
Featuring paintings from 1977 to 2017, this survey exhibition, curated by Max Dingle, investigates Varvaressos’ development over time and the slippage between the two styles.