views from a speeding train

3 december - 20 december, 2008

Work by amanda van gils

 

Amanda van Gils is an Australian painter whose beautiful landscape paintings offer an interesting and compelling interpretation of the landscape genre.

The paintings in this exhibition derive from van Gils' first trip to Europe in 2006 where she exhibited in Berlin before traveling via Eurail throughout France, Spain and Italy as well as to Amsterdam and London. Struck by the distance of experience between people traveling in the carriage and the actual landscapes outside, the ideas for these paintings began to form.
Views - filtered by windows and blurred by the speed of the trains - were enticing yet out of reach; the sensation of separation and longing are here captured to exaggerated effect.

A sophisticated meditation on painting, photography and high-speed travel, these paintings resonate with the times we live in - a time in which none of us can be sure of where we are heading - metaphorically, spiritually, politically, economically. Such is the fast train we all find ourselves on in the early 21st Century.

This year van Gils has been selected as a finalist in several prestigious National Art Prizes including the Mosman Art Prize, The Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize, The John Leslie Art Prize and the esteemed Fleurieu Art Prize.





Exhibition Images

 

Exhibition Images

Exhibition Notes

View from a speeding train 1 - Barcelona to Nice

View from a speeding train 2 - Barcelona to Nice

 

View from a speeding train 4

View from a speeding train 5 - Barcelona to Nice

View from a speeding train 6 - Barcelona to Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from a speeding train 7- Barcelona to Nice

View from a speeding train 14 - Montpellier to Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from a speeding train 11 - Barcelona to Nice

View from a speeding train 12 - Barcelona to Montpellier

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from a speeding train 13 -Madrid to Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from a speeding train 9 - French Riviera

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from a speeding train 15 - Montpellier to Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from a speeding train 16 - Barcelona to Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

vfast - Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

vfast - Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

vfast - Monte-Carlo

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from a speeding train 3 - Barcelona to Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from a speeding train 10 - Barcelona to Nice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from a speeding train 17 - Barcelona to Nice