Contemporary Art

Contemporary art is not “about nothing”. At its basis, it is about form, color, line, texture, pattern, composition and process. These are the formal qualities of artwork, because they describe what the art looks like and how it is created. Contemporary figurative art is an exploration of these formal qualities.

I have always felt that communication between artwork and viewer is crucial. If my art is able to elicit a feeling from the audience, if I have been able to evoke a mood or idea, then I am happy.

Thre Moons in an Orange Sky


Three moons in an orange sky by Susanne Bianchi.

An atmospheric abstract piece in orange, purple and green; it is moody and mysterious. Full of forgotten recollections, it takes the mind to places that are rarely visited. The distinctive image stirs memories of happenings long forgotten.

The original artwork was painted in acrylic on wood. 

Three Moons is available in a limited edition run of 10.  It is available on a stretched canvas in a choice of 4 sizes;  460 x 460cm square, 760 x 760cm, 900 x 900cm or 1000 x 1000cm

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Colour my Life

Acrylic on stretched canvas

153cm x 101cm x 4cm

Abstract art is not “about nothing”. At its basis, it is about form, color, line, texture, pattern, composition and process. These are the formal qualities of artwork, because they describe what the art looks like and how it is created. Abstract art is an exploration of these formal qualities.

This piece was to be all about the COLOUR!  The clothes we wear, the colours in which we surround ourselves, say something about ourselves.  Artists have always strived to use colour to enhance their art and appeal to the viewer.

Blue makes you feel safe and relaxed, magenta is a color of cheerfulness, happiness and contentment and lovely Lemon Yellow is a bright color that is often described as cheery and warm.  

The goal for this piece of art was to add some colour into the home. I had great fun splashing bold colours onto the canvas and I think the end result is bold, bright and joyful.

Colour my life

Beach Vibes

Acrylic on stretched canvas

153cm x 101cm x 4cm

Abstract art is not “about nothing”. At its basis, it is about form, color, line, texture, pattern, composition and process. These are the formal qualities of artwork, because they describe what the art looks like and how it is created. Abstract art is an exploration of these formal qualities.

I always listen to music as I paint and whilst working on this piece, I was enjoying a mix of 1960 music on Spotify.  It was while I was listening to the Beach Boys song Good Vibrations that a suitable name for this piece popped into my head; hence the title Beach Vibes.

Large swathes of warm yellow and cerulean blue interspersed with heaps of white, grey, black and soft tan live together in a happy mix on the canvas. It feels like the carefree times when we were young and spent our time at the beach surfing and listening to music.

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Palm Tree Grove

Acrylic on cradled boards

81cm x 161cm x 4.5cm – 8 pieces

‘Palm Tree Grove’ a black and white contemporary botanical image.  We have a grove of Palm Trees in our back yard.  They provide wonderful shade and privacy as well as being a safe environment for native habitat.  It houses lizards and other creatures and birds who love to gather in the palm fronds. They love to eat the berries when the trees are in fruit.

Painting in monochrome is great, because it makes you concentrate on elements such as composition, value, lighting and form. The benefit of monochrome is that you can focus on the image as a whole.

This piece was painted on eight individual 40x40cm cradled boards. I painted the pieces in such a way that the whole 8 boards when framed together make a large picture of a Palm Tree Grove; yet each 40 x 40 board is a painting in its own right. 

Each individual painting highlights a more personal closer view of the individual parts that make up the whole. Lizards, birds, coconuts, fruit, palm fronds. I particularly love the growth rings of the trees and their wonderful textured trunks with beautiful algae.

Each 8 individual painting is signed on the back so later, if you wish, the large painting can be dismantled into 8 small paintings.

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Watch over Me

Oil with cold wax medium on board.

Measurements: 81cm by 81cm by 5cm

We each have a Spirit Animal that guides and watches over us on our journey and whose characteristics we share or embody.  The Spirit Animal helps us remain true to ourselves, our voice and our vision.

My woman’s Spirit Animal is the Owl which does not tolerate illusion or secrets and allows her to become far more observant.  The Owl gives her “new” eyes with which to see, she looks into your soul and sees the real you.

This contemporary piece was created using myriad layers of oil paint to create the depth that I required in the background and the piece is filled with symbolism and meaning.  

With her Spirit Animal on her shoulder her eyes look straight at you, you cannot hide from her gaze.

Vigilance

BITUMEN

Oil on canvas

Measurements: 121cm by 91cm

When in Tasmania, I immediately hit the bitumen.  Like a modern-day explorer, I use bitumen roads and highways to seek the natural beauty of Tasmania.  However, whilst these highways traverse and float over the land acting like a magic carpet to take me wherever I wish, combined with today’s ever-growing civilisation, they tend to mask the real Tasmania.

Method:

This piece is initially painted in many layers of blues greens oranges and purple to represent the colours of natural Tasmania – it’s beautiful trees, mountains, lakes, rivers and sky. 

This montage of colour is then covered in grey and white to represent today’s continual encroachment of buildings and development on the landscape.  Grey and white signifies tin, concrete and steel, all dull uninspiring colours.  Then over that, is painted harsh black to represent the bitumen. 

Tasmania’s natural beauty is hidden beneath civilisation. As we traverse the bitumen to get where we want to go, we must delve deep to see the natural Tasmania.  Look through the black, grey and white, it is there underneath, waiting to be discovered.

Bitumen

Swirls and Lines

Oil on cradled Board

65cm x 80cm x 4 cm

A black and white contemporary image painted in a bold and exuberant manner.

Painting in black and white makes me concentrate on elements such as composition, value, lighting and form. Of course, colour is a vital step, but the benefit of black and white is that you can focus on the image as a whole.

Elegant swirls with intricate line patterns within their structure make up this artwork. The small black lines look like delicate little stitches holding the white swirls together.

The background is a mixture of black, brown with a hint of light Viridian Green.  This makes for a rather interesting and complex black.

Swirls and Lines

Colour me Happy

Acrylic on stretched canvas

76cm x 101cm x 4cm

Another piece in my ‘Colour’ Series.  This series of abstracts is simply about colour and how it effects our day to day life.  Colors and emotions are closely linked. Warm colors can evoke different emotions than cool colors and bright colors can create different feelings than muted colors. … Every color creates different emotions and feelings. Colors can make us feel happy or sad, and they can make us feel hungry or relaxed.

As an artist, I always strive to employ colour to enhance the art and appeal to the viewer.

By splashing boldly onto the canvas, the end result is audacious and bright. My aim was to make the viewer HAPPY!

Colour me Happy
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