WELCOME to the studio of Ade Blakey!
I’m a contemporary artist inspired by 20th century modern art.
Scroll down to find links to galleries of my art, and background information about myself. There’s also a short video of an art curator talking about my work at the bottom of this page. My new work can be seen here.
LASTEST WORKS 2021:
- Abstract Figuratives
- Social Commentary
- On Blue
- Paint On Metal
- Following a Curve 2
My current works are primarily about the emotive power of colour coupled with a rhythmic sense of flow that engages the observer in a one-on-one conversation. You can see live demos of me painting here.
Generally using the medium of acrylic on canvas, I employ a gestural style of applying paint that comprises both short dabs and a flicking technique reminiscent of drip painting.
My work is becoming more concerned with conveying abstract conceptions that make social and cultural statements.
As questions occur to the observer, it is the role of the painting to provide answers as they continue to unpack and explore the meanings of the marks and motifs used. My paintings are intended to engage the viewer in a process of interpretation, consideration and analysis.
To me, a successful painting is one where the observer keeps returning to the work in further contemplation.
All artists are inspired by those that went before. Learn more about my sources of inspiration.
I grew up in a home full of artifacts, which instilled in me a life-long love of modern and contemporary art. My mother strongly encouraged individual expression, free thinking, and introspective creativity.
While I remained intensely interested in 19th and 20th century art, it wasn’t until 2010 when I was traveling in France, that I met artists who offered me my first opportunity to paint.
As soon as I returned home, I took a variety of short courses and personal tuition to learn essential techniques.
As I progressed, I experimented with both figurative and abstract styles and explored portraits, landscapes, and social commentary.
I’ve included some of these earlier works on this website as examples of my continuing evolution.
I eventually realised that my paintings were about colour, movement, flow and rhythm. And that through my art, I am attempting to reach out through the canvas, to speak directly to each observer.
By expressing emotions that hopefully engage each observer on a personal level, I hope the few minutes taken to interpret and unpack my work prove worthwhile.
Curator Statement – MADS Milano, Italy
See art curator Francesca Brunello talk about my paintings “Desert Ice” and “Intimacy” as exhibited July 2021 in the “Paraiso” show at MADS Milano Contemporary Art Gallery (see www.madsgallery.art). Scroll down to read her review and comments about these works.
The art by Ade Blakey, a contemporary Australian artist, immediately appears as a visual synthesis of subtle details surrounded by colour fields, sometimes uniform, others more convulsive.
His research is characterized by a thrust towards an abstract language, in order to provoke a series of questions in the observer, leading him to an in-depth analysis of the painting.
The canvas becomes a place on which to condense powerful meanings, where the careful arrangement of colours and shapes is not merely an unconscious expression, but a careful and studied reflection between past, present and future.
In “Desert Ice”, sinuous lines move through space, accompanying the gaze inside the work and guiding the observer in the search for a meaning. The three fields of colour in which this painting is divided become like chapters in a book to be read in order to grasp the hidden message.
The colours used are reminiscent of nature: blues, azures, browns, reds and yellows are the basis on which to build a true allegory, a communicating world full of symbols to be revealed to our knowledge.
Ade Blakey tells us about the world and the difficulties that man cyclically encounters. He tells us about an organized and complicated system that often overwhelms and traps its own creator.
This ice in the desert, which seems to immobilize the living creatures within it, is however destined to melt, watering the arid soil and sowing new seeds, which will grow and evolve, bearing new fruits.
The artist looks towards a better future of renewal and new ideas and reminds us that each of us can contribute to it. Like a demiurge, he accompanies us and shows us new visions, opening our perceptions towards a new future.
He tells us a profound message, symbolically appropriating the earthly elements and transforming the life cycle of the seed into a complex primordial representation.
In “Intimacy” we also find the same abstract language, here influenced by the cave paintings – created on the walls of the caves since the Paleolithic – characterized by an expressive minimalism that becomes fundamental to describe the concept contained in the artist’s painting.
Intimacy is analyzed through the sexual act, a moment that is in itself extremely profound and personal.
The description of details also takes on symbolic meanings, as in the case of the colour red, used here to describe the anthropomorphic figures inebriated in their primary instincts.
The blue lines, which move sinuously across the canvas, also accompany the observer into his own intimacy, awakening visceral memories in his mind. The movement and whirling in which this painting unfolds only intensifies the power of the act.
This work becomes a source of profound emotions and ancestral vibrations, taking man on another journey through time, to a distant past, made up of primordial instincts.
It takes him back into a cave, which becomes a place of recollection, a place where one can divest himself of the clothes worn by social convention, finding himself again, without masks and without judgement.
Art Curator Francesca Brunello