CAW member Julie Spencer opens her latest exhibition at M16 Artspace, Gallery 1a this week. Get along if you can!

Opening:  6pm, Thursday, 7 July 2016
Running Until:  24 July 2016

From the promotion:

Night falls and the city comes to life in a cacophony of sounds, smells, colours and lights, forcing the evening sky to recede behind its synthetic glow. Rain falls and the luminosity of night in the city intensifies. “The excitement of city-life; artificial light and people en mass has always captivated me,” says artist Julie Spencer.

In Painting the Town by Night Spencer explores her fascination with the urban experience, seeking to capture the sense of atmosphere and intrigue it inspires in her. Her paintings ask: who are these people? Where are they going? And why?

“I often find myself drawing and photographing the same street-scene many times, watching the people move in and out of my field of view. Back at my studio, I reexamine my research, attempting to identify a perfect composition with the aid of collage.

“I want the viewer to share my experience through my application of paint textures, drips of paint fast and slow, the bold use of colour, moving the eye through the painting and deeper into its layers and composition.

“It is through this approach that I seek to convey the narrative of the hustle and bustle, the enthusiasm and intrigue, the atmospheric feel and movement of a particular moment, not just a particular place,” explains Spencer.

Julie Spencer completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) (Painting) at the Australian National University School of Art, Canberra in 2012. In 2013, Spencer participated in two group exhibitions, Gumbo at Foyer Gallery (ANU) and We Live Here at Alliance Francaise, Turner (ACT), part of the Emerging Artists Award Scheme 2012. Painting the Town by Night will be Spencer’s second solo show at M16 Artspace.

Image: Julie Spencer, ‘Rainy Night’, 2016, oil on canvas, 56 x 40 cm. Photo: the artist.