VCA PhD student exhibits figurative paintings

February 14 / 128

Celeste Chandler's oil painting, Lovesick 3 (2012 collection)
Celeste Chandler's oil painting, Lovesick 3 (2012 collection)

A series of figurative paintings representing the culmination of Celeste Chandler’s work as part of her creative PH D has been exhibited at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery at the Victorian College of the Arts.

The exhibition, ‘The embarrassment of sincerity’, features 16 individual works by Ms Chandler and one work which includes 44 separate paintings.

Ms Chandler’s work explores the potential for figurative painting to depict genuine emotion and evoke empathy within contemporary art.

For example, a recurring motif of a face or head covered in a fluid material reveals, conceals and distorts the subject, creating a space in which to explore sensation and emotion in painting.

Ms Chandler said she was honoured to showcase the result of her research in the area of figurative art at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery

“My research has considered how figurative art and images can still communicate genuine and sincere emotional experience, beyond the use of irony and the conceptual model which is often found in contemporary artwork”, she said.

The exhibition of paintings charts the development of the project, spanning work from 2010 to 2014.

The exhibition comprises part of the VCA School of Art 2014 PhD Program and runs until 15 February. 


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