You are invited
to attend an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Oscar Carlson.
Malvern Artist Society Gallery
1297 High Street, Malvern.
Opening – Wednesday evening:
June 5 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Exhibition will be open daily – 10am – 4:30pm
Concluding on Sunday June 9.
Born Melbourne 1940.
Studied Fine Art, East Sydney Technical School under Lyndon
Dadswell and John Olsen, 1962-1964
Followed by further studies under George Baldessin and Les
Kossatz – RMIT, 1971- 1978
Diploma of Fine Arts (Sculpture)
Teaching in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne since 1962. Former
Principal, Richmond Primary School
First exhibition – Russell Davis Gallery, Armadale, 1983.
All limited edition
prints are framed – $480
A3 framed prints
are also available – $280
The images are finished unframed studio works.
The Art of Being
‘The Same’ but ‘Different’.
“The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, because an
artful life requires being prepared to meet and withstand sudden and unexpected
“Why fit in when you were born to stand
out?” Dr. Seuss.
Two different quotes from two
different people from two different periods of life history but the message is
The ability to ‘Live the Life’
in a positive, purposeful, creative way gets down to accepting the realities of
the journey confronting us daily, no matter what.
Life, like wrestling is a
battle, so there is no point dancing around the truth that life dishes up.
purpose of art is to entice us to re-evaluate the way we perceive ‘life’.
Oscar has drawn these works by
developing an appreciation of being able to express his feeling of being ‘different’
throughout his life. Being ‘part’ of many groups but not really ‘fitting in’.
Strangely enough he always dreamt of being a ballet dancer but ultimately
turned his active pursuits to other successful sporting endeavors!!
The trees and the figures are
all drawn in the same deliberate ‘movement’ flow and subtle exaggeration of
‘error’, creating ‘zone’ or ‘space’ for each tree or figure occupied on the
page, which isolates it from the group.
Throughout history, Art has
reflected the social, economic and philosophical behaviour of society of the
Many forms or genres have
emerged as a result, starting as early as the ‘cave paintings’ of our ancient
ancestors through the ages, through different cultures, through different ‘art
movements’, all depicting in one way or another the vagaries of the current
Art is the ‘mirror’ that
reflects back to society, to the generation of the time of what that generation
has experienced in every facet of its behaviour.
The cave dwellers did it,
current graffiti artists do it, fine artists do it, poets and storywriters do
The most beautiful examples of
how artists expressed the daily goings on of a culture were:- the Egyptian,
Minoan, Aegean and Greek artists who recorded the lives of the leaders of their
domains on walls and in sculptural form.
The study of ‘art history and
art form’ is a rewarding experience and one that helps us appreciate and
understand ‘human nature’ at its best and worst.
Artists don’t hold back, they
tell it as it is, even beyond.
‘art’ on display is – simple, clear, yet contradictory, composed of different
mediums, different subject matter, with the same simple message