tonee messiah


Tonee Messiah builds her painted surfaces with various hard and soft forms that overlap and intersect in an archaeological drift. The effect is one of movement and agitation, closure and expansion, that draws the viewer towards the inner sub-structure of the painting. Eschewing fixed references, Messiah explores complex psychological experiences the cannot be easily defined. She considers painting like another form of thinking, and as her surfaces build, so does her response to the world around her. 

Subtle colour balances and biomorphic forms have become signature features of Messiah’s work, and balancing the harmony and tension in an image by manipulating these elements is an ongoing concern for the young artist. In the studio she constantly challenges herself to create images that instil ‘a sense of curiosity in their unfamiliar structure’ yet are not ‘aesthetically repellent’. Messiah’s use of irregular forms derives from her fascination with the way ink bleeds into water and the unexpected shapes that are created when they combine.
– Jane Somerville from Artand Australia, August 2013

Messiah was born in Israel in 1983 and moved back and forth between Australia and Israel several times during her childhood before settling in Sydney where she still lives and works. She graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with Honours in 2004 and has been exhibiting with Gallery 9 since 2007. Messiah is represented in the collections of Monash University Museum of Art, Artbank, Allens Linklaters, Barker College and Campbelltown Hospital.

 

selected works

TONEE MESSIAH
Data Compatibility 2017
oil on canvas
122 × 101 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
How I Want You To Think I Saw It 2016
oil on linen
71 × 61 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Retreat 2017
oil on linen
106 × 122 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Terrarium Ecology 2017
mixed media on cotton rag paper
76 × 56 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Impression From A Speeding Car 2016
oil on linen
76 × 71 cm

TONEE MESSIAH
Misunderstanding of A Dangerous Liaison 2017
oil on linen
112 × 122 cm


EXHIBITIONS

TONEE MESSIAH  SORROW'S BREAKFAST  12 MAR – 5 APR 2014

TONEE MESSIAH
SORROW'S BREAKFAST
12 MAR – 5 APR 2014

TONEE MESSIAH  ALL THE THINGS I NOW ONLY JUST UNDERSTAND  12 SEPT – 6 OCT 2012

TONEE MESSIAH
ALL THE THINGS I NOW ONLY JUST UNDERSTAND
12 SEPT – 6 OCT 2012

TONEE MESSIAH  SIMPLY COULDN'T, ABSOLUTELY MUST  1–18 DEC 2010

TONEE MESSIAH
SIMPLY COULDN'T, ABSOLUTELY MUST
1–18 DEC 2010

TONEE MESSIAH  SOCIETY OF ISLAND UNIVERSES  30 SEPT – 17 OCT 2009

TONEE MESSIAH
SOCIETY OF ISLAND UNIVERSES
30 SEPT – 17 OCT 2009

TONEE MESSIAH  YOU & YOURS  2–19 JULY 2008

TONEE MESSIAH
YOU & YOURS
2–19 JULY 2008

TONEE MESSIAH  MATEY, FITZROY & ALFRED  29 MAR – 14 APR 2007

TONEE MESSIAH
MATEY, FITZROY & ALFRED
29 MAR – 14 APR 2007


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