Solitary

Robert Clinch

Solitary by Robert Clinch

Details

Artist
Robert Clinch
Title
Solitary
Year
2008
Medium
pure egg tempera on gessoed MDF panel
Size
45 x 91 cm
Details

signed lower right: Clinch 2008

Stock Number
280172

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Provenance

the artist

Exhibited

2008 Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Art Gallery, 16 August ? 26 October 2008 (Finalist)

Annual Collectors? Exhibition 2008, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne

''Solitary Perspectives'', Shepparton Art Gallery, 2009

''It's Time'', Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne, 2009

Literature

Annual Collectors' Exhibition 2008, exhibition catalogue, Malakoff Fine Art Press, Melbourne, 2008, p.54 (illus.)

Further Information

Brick walls and paper darts are constants in Clinch's art. The contrast between the nature of the two is obvious. Paper darts represent imagination, free flying moments of fantasy. They are like ideas taking flight in a child's game, a whiteness of innocence and vunerability, paper, as in a daydream, symbolising the transience of all things. Walls people his paintings more frequently than the human image. They are solid and provide memories of times past and messages for the present.
Solitary 2008 explores creativity and the paradox of the solitary confinement of creative people - artists, writers, composers - who work in isolation so that they can communicate widely. The ideas, the paper darts, have spilled out of the grilled windows, strewn across the ground in their plenitude. Although their creator may be incarcerated, the wall is, nevertheless, bathed in a rich glow of colour. Several puns take the meaning a few steps further - "Keep Clear" - because the artist is hard at work and wants no interruption, and "No Standing" plays with ideas of freedom and censorship.