Simple Pleasures by Jack Irvine // Exhibition Opening

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aMBUSH Gallery Kambri

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Jack Irvine's exhibition, Simple Pleasures - at aMBUSH Gallery, Canberra

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Appreciating the small things in life that can easily be taken for granted is the inspiration behind Sydney artist Jack Irvine’s vibrant exhibition, Simple Pleasures.

This dynamic solo show displays over two dozen paintings full of colour and movement, produced in a bold, animated style that’s sure to elicit smiles. The works transport the audience to multi-coloured worlds that explore what many will identify as life’s daily joys – sunshine, road trips, freedom, nature, and the enjoyment of reading and watching television are a few recurring motifs in Jack’s work.

Completed during lockdown in 2020, the paintings were created with a foundation of humour, sentimentality and a sense of endearment. Jack describes the subject matters in Simple Pleasures as “Things that encapsulate positive memories throughout my life. Things that before the pandemic I lacked appreciation for, and in hindsight I’ve realised how amazing those times were.”

As a young child Jack was always interested in creating art, but discovered a serious passion for painting at the age of 14, when he decided to make it his career. Influenced by artists who used a lot of colour, including greats like Keith Haring, Basquiat, and Ozzie Wright (the Australian surfer and artist), Jack even found inspiration in sketches by Picasso. “It was really interesting because these sketches were so rough and you can tell it didn't take him long to do them, and I connected with the fact you don't have to spend 10 years doing one painting – it’s possible to do an amazing painting in a short amount of time,” he explains.

In addition to his acrylic on canvas works and screen prints – all of which will be for sale – Jack will also be displaying art he created for Australian surf music and garage rock trio, Skegss, with whom he began collaborating five years ago, developing the band’s visual identity alongside them.

Visit www.ambushgallery.com for more information, and look for aMBUSH Gallery on Facebook and Instagram for exhibition updates.

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