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Guy Maestri

Famous in his native Australia for winning the 2009 Archibald Prize for his picture of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu he quickly became more well know for less structured pieces that tried to mask his not inconsiderable classical drawing ability.

While his work over the last few years, whilst stunning in range, is often characterised as ‘easy art’ – art that doesn’t challenge particularly and this therefore often commercially attractive.

Where Guy differed from his contemporaries however, was that he hadn’t yet shown a singular voice in his work – or he hadn’t until his recent painting came out using a theme that has appeared again and again in tiny sketches and corners of painting and finally is making a showing in his latest work of Balls Pyramid – an Island of the coast of Australia.

These canvases are as vast as the subject and remind you of the 18th century Grand Tourists who painted their way through the Alpes – and like these men before, Guy has found his image, with each rendition showing a new facet of the subjects character.

Posted by simon on June 8, 2011

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