SIMON BLAU
CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE
27 MARCH – 20 APRIL 2019

Gallery 9 is pleased to present Circumstantial Evidence, Simon Blau’s thirteenth solo exhibition at the gallery.

Blau’s latest paintings read like fragments of a story that can only be partially pieced together. Subjects emerge out of rhythmic currents of line and colour, painted in Blau’s distinctive palette of green, red, pink, white and grey. His approach is direct and urgent, as if the paint needs to be put down quickly before the image comes into focus. He revels in the kind of associative freedom this rapid process allows: boats, elephants, figures, horses and missiles loop and churn into the high-keyed abstract scaffolding. Blau’s exuberant mark-making acts like a connective tissue, merging together disparate ideas into a surprisingly psychic whole. Each painting is a foil for the interior life – for the non-linear narratives that make up our private thoughts and dreams.

Simon Blau lives and works in Sydney and has been exhibiting regularly since the early 1980s. His work is held in numerous private and public collections including The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, Wollongong City Gallery, Artbank and the Baillieu Myer Collection of Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

SIMON BLAU  Sailing Dinghy  2018 acrylic on linen 137.5 × 88.5 cm

SIMON BLAU
Sailing Dinghy 2018
acrylic on linen
137.5 × 88.5 cm

SIMON BLAU  Control  2018 acrylic on linen 91.4 × 76 cm

SIMON BLAU
Control 2018
acrylic on linen
91.4 × 76 cm

SIMON BLAU  Waving Skeleton  2018 acrylic on board 51.9 × 41 cm

SIMON BLAU
Waving Skeleton 2018
acrylic on board
51.9 × 41 cm

SIMON BLAU  Skirt  2019 acrylic on board 61 × 46.7 cm

SIMON BLAU
Skirt 2019
acrylic on board
61 × 46.7 cm

SIMON BLAU  Walking with a bird  2019 acrylic on board 41 × 51 cm

SIMON BLAU
Walking with a bird 2019
acrylic on board
41 × 51 cm

SIMON BLAU  Messanger  2018 acrylic on canvas 76.5 × 61 cm

SIMON BLAU
Messanger 2018
acrylic on canvas
76.5 × 61 cm

SIMON BLAU  Patient  2018 acrylic on board 45.8 × 61.1 cm

SIMON BLAU
Patient 2018
acrylic on board
45.8 × 61.1 cm

SIMON BLAU  Sinking  2018 acrylic on board 32 × 27 cm

SIMON BLAU
Sinking 2018
acrylic on board
32 × 27 cm

SIMON BLAU  Slip  2019 acrylic on linen 35.5 × 45.5 cm

SIMON BLAU
Slip 2019
acrylic on linen
35.5 × 45.5 cm

SIMON BLAU  Girl by the Sea  2019 acrylic on board 35.8 × 28.1 cm

SIMON BLAU
Girl by the Sea 2019
acrylic on board
35.8 × 28.1 cm

SIMON BLAU  F.Klines’Spider  2018 acrylic on linen 110.5 × 76.5 cm

SIMON BLAU
F.Klines’Spider 2018
acrylic on linen
110.5 × 76.5 cm

SIMON BLAU  Suicide  2018 acrylic on canvas 40.5 × 30.4 cm

SIMON BLAU
Suicide 2018
acrylic on canvas
40.5 × 30.4 cm

SIMON BLAU  Steps to Nowhere  2018 acrylic on linen 76.5 × 61 cm

SIMON BLAU
Steps to Nowhere 2018
acrylic on linen
76.5 × 61 cm

SIMON BLAU  Snake Bite  2019 acrylic on linen 76.5 × 61 cm

SIMON BLAU
Snake Bite 2019
acrylic on linen
76.5 × 61 cm