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Archive > known Unknowns: we know there are things we do not know, Steven Makse

For me, making art is not about finding a particular subject or theme and repeating it ad infinitum. Every painting begins as a ‘known unknown’, that is, I know that I don’t know how it will end. This exhibition is the result of allowing every work to emerge through constant experimentation in the studio. Thematically and stylistically diverse, ‘Known Unknowns’ includes portraiture, still life, landscapes and other works. This series comes at a turning point in my practice as I move away from pure realism to what I feel is a more expressive, gestural way of painting.

Makse is a mid-career West Australian visual artist with a broad range of influences. He works across a range of subjects and media, specialising in oil paintings that are often characterised by an underlying existential idea about contemporary life, death and the space in-between. The varied conceptual nature of each artwork demands a diversity of image-making techniques, which goes some way to explaining the range of styles and techniques he employs as a visual artist.

Makse is a three-time finalist in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, has participated in two artist residencies in China, and one in Queensland. His work is held in many private collections and in the Foreign Affairs Office in Chengdu, China.

July 22 - August 4