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This artwork is from our Darker Minty group exhibition. This is a group exhibition exploring the complexities of the human experience. Working across various forms of painting and sculpture, these artists navigate identity, intimacy, personal struggle, and our relationships to natural and built environments. Their work is raw, visceral, evocative and mysterious, reflecting the spirit of Hobart’s infamous Dark Mofo festival. They share a focus on materiality - from oil and acrylic paint, to concrete, clay and steel - creating works that are highly tactile and reveal the physicality of their making. The human form is a recurring subject matter in these works, with depictions ranging from spectral to corporeal, whilst others explore the physical and emotional spaces we inhabit. Whether figurative or abstract, these works give expression to some of life’s most complex emotions and experiences.
Elliott Nimmo’s paintings express the memory of a feeling of being in the landscape. He captures the experience of true immersion in the world, drawing on deeply personal memories, such as “Rushcutters Bay on a milky, April morning; the fields of fluorescent canola on Wiradjuri Country where I feel home; or the rolling hills shouldering the sky in lutruwita/Tasmania.”
Elliott's paintings are process-driven. He begins with broad washes of colour which soak into the canvas, forming a substrate for painterly mark making. He embraces chance with these initial colour field stains, which reveal themselves and choose their own path. He then retakes control with the subsequent painted layers in an intuitive process of push and pull which echoes his deeply felt relationship with the environment.Artwork location: Hobart