Ian de Souza

Exhibtition

ian de souza artwork

silk and saris

12 March - 29 March 2009

De Souza is of Portuguese, Malay, Chinese and Indian heritage. While in his youth he steeped himself in Western painting traditions, as he matures as an artist he is increasingly drawn back to his Eastern origins. With this merging of a traditional Chinese medium and his own inventive method of using it he finally feels he has found a way of painting that adds a deeply personal dimension to his creative expression.

...the subject matter for silk and saris is a departure from previous exhibitions.  As the title suggests, there are two threads. Silk draws its inspiration from the circus aerialists who practice and perform in the large space adjacent to de Souza's studio in Fremantle. Saris has an equally local starting point.  Galvanized by an idea for an exhibition, de Souza travelled to India to study and photograph classical Indian dancers.  Perhaps fortuitously, his trip didn't coincide with the season for dance.  Back home, he attended an evening of traditional Indian dance at John Curtin College of the Arts and these local dancers satisfied de Souza's expectations.  It s from that evening that Saris was created...
(extract from curatorial essay by Jody Fitzhardinge)

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  • taste of india 4
  • ink on rice paper
  • 120 x 140cm
  • 2009
  • Aus$6600.
  • sold
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  • Ian de Souza with circus silk 3 triptych
  • ink on ricepaper
  • 140 x 210 cm
  • 2009
  • Aus$9900.
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  • circus silk 4
  • ink on ricepaper
  • 140 x 140cm diptych
  • 2009
  • Aus$7700.
  • sold
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  • taste of india 1
  • ink on ricepaper
  • 120 x 140cm
  • 2009
  • Aus $6800.
  • sold
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  • silk blue
  • ink on rice paper
  • 110 x 70cm
  • 2009
  • This painting was donated by the artist to the Fremantle Circus School to fund a scolarship for youth to train in the art of circus performance.
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  • silken saris (detail of diptych)
  • ink on ricepaper collage
  • 120 x 90cm
  • 2008
  • NFS
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  • mini taste of india 1
  • ink on ricepaper
  • "9 x 5"
  • 2009
  • Aus $980.
  • sold
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  • circus silk 5 diptych
  • ink on ricepaper
  • 120 x 140cm
  • 2009
  • Aus $7700.
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  • Taste of India 5
  • ink on rice paper diptych
  • 120 x 140cm
  • 2009
  • Aus $7700.
 

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