Kyeema Gallery, 13 Gladstone Street, Hall ACT
Until 24 May 2021
Open Thursday to Monday 11.30am to 5pm
It will not be surprising to visitors to Chris Slotemaker de Bruine’s exhibition at Kyeema Gallery that he was the founder of Canberra’s Floriade. His work expresses his regard for Nature and his keen observation of its detail, colour and variety.
This collection depicts a variety of subjects drawn from the artist’s travels both in Australia and worldwide. He works in acrylic, oils, inks and watercolours, employing impasto technique to achieve a sculpted effect in some and choosing his medium to fit both subject and mood. The bursts of colour in plants and birds, which he has observed in the often more muted Australian landscape attest to his eye for detail.
As well as the larger wall works, Chris has produced a pleasing group of smaller framed works, which are displayed in the gallery on a table and which could easily find a place in a similar domestic setting. These are mostly drawn from observations during overseas trips, including notably (for me as a self-confessed fan of all things Shetland) a watercolour of Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez’s house from the popular Shetlands TV series based on the books by Ann Cleeves.
As someone who has spent a professional career (or two) surrounded by nature and in the creation of beautiful spaces and experiences for the general public, the artist’s intention to share this and gently proselytisethereon is clear. The semi-rural village of Hall and Kyeema Gallery seem a perfect setting for this work; Chris’s artistic practice is a hymn to Nature and her many guises.
Most works are for sale.