Marking Time, 2003
Graeme Altmann (born 1966)
oil on canvas
150 x 180cm
Provenance: Flinders Lane Gallery - label attached
Exhibited: Graeme Altmann - New Paintings, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, 25th Sept – 11th Oct 2003, Catalogue no. 11
0419 540 162
Graeme Altmann's paintings and sculptures are dark and mysterious, bordering on the surreal with a distinctive 'other worldliness' quality that is translated into large open spaces. The isolated figures of his dreamlike and painterly landscapes often seem to be caught up in a struggle against the elements.
"My inspiration has been driven by my love and fear of the sea. Rather than reflect traditional qualities of direct observation I endure to emphasize not just what the sea and landscape looks like or what its material qualities might be, but the experience it engenders…. I work with the landscape. I observe its power and its subtleties, its effects and influences. In my paintings I explore the themes of stability and change: of our human need to strive for new ground, while often suffering a sense of loss and displacement as we transition through life." Graeme Altmann
Graeme Altmann was born on the South Coast of Victoria, where the wind and salt have carved out some of Victoria’s most spectacular coastline. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Deakin University in 1986. In 1995 Altmann undertook a residency at Arthur Boyd’s ‘Shoalhaven Studio’ in NSW and in 2005 won the Mission to Seafarers Art Prize. He is represented in numerous significant collections including Artbank, BHP Billiton, Embassy of Switzerland, Sir William Dobell Art Foundation and Warnambool Art Gallery.