Artist’s work goes on


Artist John Baldock has a new exhibition at the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda.       d449521
Artist John Baldock has a new exhibition at the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda.       d449521

At 76, he is still making enough art each year to sustain three exhibitions, a feat he is proud of in his latest exhibition at the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda.

The Wattle Grove resident is now working full time on his art, after teaching up until last year.

With six decades of teaching behind him, he says it’s hard to lose the ability to want to inspire, educate and inform.

His current work has focused on the relationships with self, partners, and the indigenous world and Baldock’s relationship to paint and landscape.

He hopes audiences can view the work through the creative and Jungian prism it was created in.

“I have painted these works using my psyche and not allowing the ego to penetrate the artistic process,” he said.

“The paintings reflect the artist and the landscape but the artist can also be suspended on the edge of the frame or the painting, which is a comment on the current state of art in society.

“The artist today is almost an outmoded appendage.”

Baldock believes the creative process has been hijacked by the structures society has placed on the work.

“Today, there is little room for the balance between creativity and innovation to resume a hallowed place in the studio, where art is created.”

For Baldock though, this is intrinsic to his practice of art.

“I don’t like the art to be formalised into a particular structure and I like the psyche to call the painting forth rather than impose my will on the work,” he said.

Baldock studied at the College of Art in Hornsey in the UK and returned to Australia to teach in 1974.

His exhibition – Black, White plus Random Colours – of 25 pieces in Kalamunda have been produced using this process where layers of acrylic and then oils, have coated the canvas enabling many forms to be seen in the finished works. Shire President Andrew Waddell said the exhibition explored the theme of relationships.

Cr Waddell said Baldock is an acclaimed artist, poet, author, art teacher and lecturer.

“Baldock is recognised internationally by leading art critics and will no doubt delight art lovers with his latest works,” he said.

The exhibitionis open until February 28.