START Art Fair, London: 26 – 29 June 2014

Gallery 9 is excited to announce its participation in this year’s inaugural START Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery in London in 2014. START is an invitation only international showcase for interesting young galleries exhibiting exciting artists, giving a select group of 48 galleries the opportunity to present the very best of global contemporary art.

START will be unique in that it will provide each gallery with larger scale stands (approximately 40 sqm) than , well lit display area in beautifully proportioned rooms with high ceilings in a museum quality environment. The Saatchi Gallery attracts 1.4 million visitors per year and is located on King’s Road in the heart of Chelsea.

For what will be Gallery 9’s largest presence at an international art fair to date, the Gallery proposes a group exhibition of entirely new works by at seven of the gallery’s represented artists David Ralph, Julian Hooper, Jelena Telecki, Simon Kennedy, John Aslanidis, Suzie Idiens and Tonee Messiah. The selection of Ralph, Kennedy and Telecki is an intentionally harmonious inclusion of figuration and landscape in the context of the contemporary built environment and reflections of modern art and literature. Hooper’s and Messiah’s new semi-abstracts will then bridge, with clever geometry across ambiguous landscape planes to justify a jump to intense monochromatic colour field objects by Idiens. The non-objective framework of Idiens connects to Aslanidis’ visions of soundscapes and intensely patterned circular grid formation. In something of our house style the Gallery 9 stand will be sparsely hung with an emphasis on minimal examples of work per artist.

Anna Kristensen: exhibition 4 – 29 June 2014

Having recently returned to her hometown of Sydney having completed residencies at the Australia Council for the Art’s Greene Street Studio (NY, USA) and the Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art (Ohio, USA), Kristensen is currently undertaking a year-long residency at Artspace where she is working towards her next solo exhibitions. The June exhibition will be Kristensen’s third with Gallery 9.

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David Ralph: exhibition – Commune 7 May – 1 June 2014


Ralph recently commented on how Leipzig, in the east of Germany, not far from Berlin is now home to an increasing number of artists from around the world, many of whom paint there due to its relative affordability and the generous, comfortable situation it provides. Ralph’s latest works, made during his residency are primarily concerned with the virtually derelict spaces many of Leipzig’s artists have colonised as property elsewhere in the western world has become so out of reach. The most noticeable aspect of this architectural environment is how old, derelict and redundant spaces can become a haven to artists, especially painters, whose practices often demand space.

This exhibition seeks to capture in part the spirit, environment and habitat of Leipzig’s post war, socialist and industrial past, as it is transformed and morphed into something new and very different. My paintings explore a place where artists – painters can thrive, create new work and a new community from the ruins of the past. This exhibition is about the places that artists colonise and transform.

(David Ralph, Leipzig, March 2014)

Ralph’s paintings reflect on how built environments, cities and dwellings shape human experiences and forge identities. They address the psychology of architectural spaces and what they can inform about the people responsible for them, and those who inhabit them. Ralph identifies as a contemporary painter whose use of enduring mediums such as oil paint and pencil drawing acknowledges newer forms of media and digital technology as a source of inspiration and its potential to create hybrid abstract/representational imagery.

Tonee Messiah: exhibition – Sorrow’s Breakfast 12 Mar – 5 Apr 2014

What starts at the back is forced to the fore.
How close can we come to the tipping point, to the place where the mind makes a slip and finds itself in the throws of mild breakdown or unhinged mania?
Sorrow’s Breakfast is a meditation on the lived experience and the fragility of the mind’s capacity to process experience and withstand tension. It is a questioning of one’s own capacity, under the right circumstances to slip down into the cracks.

Gallery 9 is pleased to present Tonee Messiah’s sixth solo exhibition with the Gallery, Sorrow’s Breakfast, an exhibition of new oils and works on paper.


This new body of work is an emotive and intuitive response to an acknowledgment of human fragility, specifically the ‘us and them’ notions which disfavour people who have been marginalised by society. Messiah describes how a recent curiosity has lead to a deep empathy for how vastly different the realities are for those who are seemingly functional and others who have been left behind by a society that requires an extremely high coping threshold. The same empathy motivated the artist to reflect on how a human brain functions under circumstances of extreme stress and anxiety, and how fine the tipping point can be.

Sorrow’s Breakfast presents a new visual language that layers tension and equilibrium on the painted surface. Interdispersed and ever-present amongst objects of gentle comfort and homely place in the fore is an ambiguous vision of psychological dissolve. Again Messiah’s works shows a harmonious but not exclusively complimentary spectrum of colour and with unpredictable representational and abstract forms she blends background to foreground shifting focus to the opposing corners of the picture plane.