Chris Beaumont

Winner of the People's Choice Award, 2005, Chris Beaumont is preoccupied with the natural world. His painting owes a debt to Spanish painters of the 17th century. He admires their use of humble subjects like vegetables and flowers set in shallow spaces and voids. They become the simple stars of his compositions.

Chris' vegetables are flora and fertile, sexually charged. His protea and Waratah breath fecundity. The depiction of zucchini presents produce thrusting towards the viewer, with a siren-red horny gourd dominating the rear of the arrangement. He considers the abstract or virtual space important to his renderings. "I had great interest in astronomy as a child. The heavens are an abstract emptiness with objects moving on principles of geometry."

August 2 - August 16