[SEMUA DIJEMPUT HADIR ! ! !] Majlis : Pembukaan Galeri CHARMS
Tarikh : 24 Mac 2018
Hari : Sabtu
Masa : 8.00 pagi - 10.00 malam
Lokasi : Galeri CHARMS , No.17-G , Jalan Nautika A U/20A , Pusat Komersial TSB Sg Buloh , Selangor DE .
DAY 2: Saint John Paul II by André Durand. Oil on canvas, 1983.
In Durand’s life size portrait John Paul II sits at an angle and turns his head. He is looking at the spectator
and appears to be about to speak. His left wrist is on the knob of the throne, the hand continuing upwards; the line of the forearm in a gesture between a blessing and an admonition. The noonday light falls directly from overhead. It highlights and shadows starkly the Holy Father’s face and hands, his massive forehead and
furrowed brow – his ferments, with a heightened realism. But in the abstracted background its trajectory is suggested schematically rather than realistically by a
series of triangles of different shades of white. The suggestion of timelessness thus conveyed is emphasised by the lack of any furniture or walls in the setting, and
by the coat of arms suspended heraldically with no visible foundations. This is a Pope of the twentieth century but still the Pope. The fact that there are probably more portraits in existence of previous Popes than of the holders of any other office may be seen as a help to the artist or a deterrent, depending on the way he looks at it. The thought of Raphael, Titian or Velasquez peering over his shoulder might deter any modern portraitist. But if he looks at their portraits for inspiration – without thoughts of emulation – he can still profit by their ideas and solutions as well as from their occasional lapses.
‘We live on such an amazing beautiful planet and yet our natural environment is under threat. I paint both to celebrate that which is beautiful and awe inspiring but also hope that viewers of my work will connect with a deeper message.’ - Adele Gibson