SIMON BLAU
FAULTY NARRATIVES
25 OCT – 11 NOV 2017

SIMON BLAU
Artificial Limb 2017
acrylic on board
40.5 × 51 cm

SIMON BLAU
Diagnosis 2017
acrylic on linen
122 × 91 cm

SIMON BLAU
Horse Costume 2017
acrylic on linen
122 × 152 cm

SIMON BLAU
Outback Tourism 2017
acrylic on canvas
91 × 122 cm

SIMON BLAU
Screen Time 2017
acrylic on canvas
76 × 91 cm

SIMON BLAU
Talk Talk Talk 2017
acrylic on linen
152 × 102 cm

SIMON BLAU War Horse 2017 acrylic and timber on linen 187 × 137 cm

SIMON BLAU
War Horse 2017
acrylic and timber on linen
187 × 137 cm

SIMON BLAU
History 2017
acrylic on board
51 × 40.5 cm

SIMON BLAU
Country Noise 2017
acrylic on canvas
106 × 152 cm

SIMON BLAU
Children's Story 2017
acrylic and painted timber on board
68 × 59.5 cm

SIMON BLAU
Cuba 2017
acrylic on canvas
122  × 101 cm

SIMON BLAU
Face Up 2017
acrylic on board
60 × 50 cm

SIMON BLAU
Off Duty Policewoman 2017
acrylic on canvas
152 × 137 cm

SIMON BLAU
Lift Off 2017
acrylic and painted timber on board
61 × 49 cm

SIMON BLAU
Walk Around A Horse 2017
acrylic on canvas
76 × 61 cm

SIMON BLAU
A man wearing a suit and gloves and leaning to his left 2017
acrylic on canvas
122 × 101 cm


Gallery 9 is pleased to present Faulty Narratives, Simon Blau's twelfth 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.