Having just returned from a successful solo exhibition in Dijon, France, Cyrulla’s new works build on her trademark intensity and strong narratives with a bold sensuality and arresting emotional gravitas.
Well recognised for producing works of “stirring psychological intensity”, Cyrulla’s paintings imbue ordinary situations and subjects with an almost breathtaking intimacy. Experiencing the death of her mother-in-law, welcoming a new baby into her extended family and coming to terms with her own parents’ ageing have influenced her latest works, which never shy away from exploring the deepest emotions.
”My paintings are about feelings, based on how we relate to one another,” says Cyrulla. ”My aim is to open an opportunity for self-questioning by viewers. Each painting reflects my love of people and their stories, including father-daughter relationships, power relationships, relationships to parents, being and having a role model, and sibling rivalry.”
Lauded by art critics, collectors and galleries, Cyrulla is arguably one of the most talented, deserving and fêted artists yet to win a major Australian art prize. She is a four-time Doug Moran National Portrait Prize semi-finalist, four-time Dobell Prize for Drawing finalist, and a Sir John Sulman Prize finalist.
Most recently, Cyrulla’s work was selected from among more than 2,700 artists from 92 countries as a semi-finalist in the highly-competitive and prestigious BP Portrait Award run by the National Gallery of London. The exhibition will also feature a new song written by Artist Proof – the songwriting duo of Drew Schapper and Chris Pattenden, inspired by Cyrulla’s painting, A New Day.
Amour et Vie (Love and Life)
Rubicon Ari, Level 1/309 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Exhibition: 2 – 19 September 2015 (Wednesday to Saturday: 12.00 – 5.00pm)
For more information, visit: www.rubiconari.com.au for details.
Image: Dagmar Cyrulla, Privacy of my Backyard 2014, 32.7 X 40.7cm oil on linen.