“Painting a form of psychological drama, the work draws from our idiosyncrasies and relationships to reality. In conjunction with the titles, the human figure becomes a conflicted proposition.
At the core of the paintings are the figures. They are either lost within their own states of mind or turning their backs on the viewer; they are the catalyst for the idea. Attracted to the paintings by intricately executed elements, the viewer is nonetheless left with the understanding that there is more to the painting than meets the eye.
The impact of the negative space is essential. This play with the white space, on or off the canvas, creates an imperceptible weight and the possibility of open narratives.”
Charlotte Hopkins Hall, 2016.
Olivier Varenne, Co-Founder and Head Curator at Collectionair, is the Co-Director of Exhibitions & Collections and International Curator at Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania, Australia. Based in London, Olivier Varenne has sourced most of the contemporary art in MONA’s collection.