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Get lost in Paul Newcombe's epic abstract works

Abstract artist Paul Newcombe’s process involves dabbing hundreds of spots of acrylic paint onto an enormous canvas, stepping back, taking it all in, and spinning the canvas around so weight doesn’t form in the paint. “There’s no gravity in the work – you could view them any which way,” he tells Time Out. He continues dabbing the paint until it’s ready for viewing. But how does he know when enough layers of paint are enough? “Instinct,” he says. “It comes with experience – it’s instinct and it comes with age. Newcombe, formerly a set designer for independent theatre including the child-focused company Polyglot, has been painting since the ’70s. So for him, “it’s a matter of just knowing.”

An extension of his show at G3, where works took inspiration from aerial photographs of legal and illegal waste dumps, Compositions in Paint: This Is the End explores colour, simple form and optical illusion. After three years of producing these works, Newcombe feels this exhibition is the end of an era. During this time he set himself a challenge: he gave himself geometrical parameters designed to draw the audience’s eye in. “There is an optical play that goes on,” he says. “You can look at one colour and it becomes dominant, then look at another and that becomes dominant. Or you can take a step back and be absorbed by the painting as a whole.”

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45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 9662 9966

Nearby Stations: Flinders St

Price FREE
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Date 10 Jul 2013-10 Aug 2013

Open Tue-Thu 11am-5pm; Fri 11am-7pm; Sat noon-4pm

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