SIMON BLAU
HOBBYISM
30 JULY – 24 AUGUST 2014

SIMON BLAU
Child Play 2014
acrylic on linen
61 × 41 cm

SIMON BLAU
Dive 2014
acrylic on board in frame
26 × 39.5 cm

SIMON BLAU
Female With Tusk 2014
acrylic on board
56 × 39 cm

SIMON BLAU
Head Pulse 2014
acrylic on board
44.5 × 29 cm

SIMON BLAU
Hiatus 2014
acrylic on canvas
35.5 × 30 cm

SIMON BLAU
Internal 2013
acrylic on canvas in frame
53 × 43 cm

SIMON BLAU
Mask 2014
acrylic on linen
61 × 45 cm

SIMON BLAU
Town Planning 2014
acrylic on canvas
41 × 31 cm

SIMON BLAU
Light Box 2014
acrylic on canvas
40.5 × 30 cm

SIMON BLAU
Parental Influence 2013
acrylic on canvas in frame
43 × 53 cm

SIMON BLAU
Water On A Train 2014
acrylic on canvas
122 × 101.5 cm

SIMON BLAU
Pink Wall 2014
acrylic on board
42 × 29.5 cm

SIMON BLAU
Corner Table 2014
acrylic on board
44 × 29 cm

SIMON BLAU
Emblem 2013
acrylic on canvas
46 × 36 cm

SIMON BLAU
Flag For Nothing 2014
acrylic on board
54 × 44 cm

SIMON BLAU
Head 2014
acrylic on canvas
40.5 × 30 cm

SIMON BLAU
Hunting Season 2013
acrylic on canvas
90 × 60 cm

SIMON BLAU
Mute Elephant 2013
acrylic on canvas in frame
85.5 × 63 cm

Simon Blau’s ninth solo exhibition with Gallery 9, Hobbyism presents two related but distinct series of paintings. In one room the artists reveals an echo to previous bodies of works’ hard edge aesthetic, though softened with tonal fields of colour. Solid in form but lighter and paler than his work with enamel, these forms are arranged with inviting perspective and alluring colour. In the other, again with fewer triangular and quadrilateral forms Blau has continued to break away from the formal rigour applied to his geometric paintings and sculptural objects. Unpredictable twists and turns driven by the artist’s intuition form fluid abstract lines of colour. Mandala like, some of the forms turn in on themselves while others spiral out to connect with each other, forming networks which bring constituent abstract elements together as a compositional whole.

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