Mostyn Bramley-Moore Essay
Published Wednesday, 2 January 2002The environment acts as an aesthetic stimulus in which Bramely-Moore translates
the physical experience of the Australian landscape into abstract forms. He
fuses abstraction and realism to create a strong presence of the place and
subject. Colour, gesture and from all contribute to the visual resolution of
his ideas, which is the manifestation of the conscious and unconscious within
the picture plane.
Image: Cap and Well,122 x 110cm; oil on linen; 1992
It is the complexity of what is seen and thought that
intrigues and motivates Bramely-Moore's work. He recognises the intricate
qualities of everyday life and attempts to capture them on the canvas. His work
is challenging to view and interpret, and for this he make no apologises as he
feels that art is not a passive process of viewing but rather a
I think that as a painter I like paintings to be challenging, as the creator of
them, at the end of the day, I like it if they're not easily described or
easily analysed and I think too the audience's reaction to a painting. I'm
quite happy when it's a bit complicated and a bit multi-faceted. If someone
looks at one of my paintings and they're not sure what it's about - it makes
them think and... live through the picture, I think that's not a bad thing.
You've got to all use all your armoury, all your artillery to achieve that in a
viewer, the marks, the bits of imagery, the bits of story. I'm quite conscious
of not painting pictures just for myself, I know there's an audience out there.
Quintessential to his work is the essence of the place, and like the Abstract
Expressionist painters of the 1950/60's Bramely-Moore explores the phenomena of
the environment. His works may look nothing like places in terms of their
visual appearance but are more like them in their essential qualities than any
photographic or realistic painting could capture. He is interested in
distilling onto the canvas feelings and properties about the landscape that
transcend what are observed.
He works on themes based around particular places and suggests there is a
specific connection with a body of wok. He call this a conceptual narrative
which links the collection of work in terms of their integral relationships.
Importantly it is the development of work that reflects and resolves ideas he
has about a place and how it can be represented beyond what is seen.
By Craig Malyon
Questions on the Artist
Compare and contrast Bramley-Moore's treatment of the landscape with another
artist in the following list: Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Kathleen Peteyarre,
Tony Tuckson, Brett Whiteley, Immants Tillers.
Select one of the paintings on the slide show of his work (in the Art Right Now
2 cd-rom) and discuss the feelings you think the artists is trying to convey to
the audience. Look at the title of the work and think about a new title you
believe would be appropriate.
What does the artist mean when he suggests in his paintings a site that
transcends what is seen? Is this the essence of abstraction? Explain why?