Renata Pari-Lewis

familiar, unfamiliar

4 May — 21 May 2022

Born 1975, Czechoslovakia
Lives and works in Sydney

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

Renata Pari-Lewis is a drawer’s painter. Her understanding of tone and form that flows elegantly from her brush is both nuanced and delicate. It is a skill that has been developed over the years of her dedicated pictorial practice in drawing, printmaking and painting. At the core of her oeuvre is a relentless search for visual truth and atmospheric sincerity within her compositions.

This exhibition, titled Familiar, unfamiliar, is a study of the private spaces of celebrated creative figures. The interiors that artists and writers treat as a sanctuary is revealed. It is their bubble¾inhabited out of the spotlight. Pari-Lewis probes the space, hunting for clues, creating a rich intrigue for her voyeur audience. Her process peels back the layers of visual influences that inform her subjects’ idiosyncratic narrative. With a meticulous eye, the artist identifies the detailed moments that describe her subjects’ trope, yet she allows us to superimpose our own narrative within the frame. Throughout the paintings within the exhibition, Pari-Lewis walks a line between an accurate pictorial representation and an abstract sensibility drawn from the objects within.

There is a beautifully random quality to the spaces she examines. An owl, peering at us from the painted canvas, is seemingly aware of our intrigue of the space of installation artist, Janet Laurence. The collecting gene runs deep in Laurence’s practice. Objects are located by a hand that has a clear intention. The act of opening one’s personal space for investigation is a powerful nod to the integrity that Pari-Lewis possesses in the eyes of her creative colleagues. Through her methodology, there is a heightened intrigue¾one observes a palpable sense of reverence for her subjects. Indeed, the interiors hold a translucent calmness¾a sensibility reminiscent of the work of Pierre Bonnard. Like Bonnard, Pari-Lewis weaves light through the picture plane. The order or chaos of her chosen space gives way to harmony and, in doing so, gives us a study of her subject that, in many respects, reveals more than we would ever glean from the traditional portrait.

Ralph Hobbs
May 202

\ Exhibition featured works

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Communion

2022 \ Acrylic on board \ Framed: 43 x 53cm

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For Nina

2022 \ Acrylic on board \ Framed: 62 x 77cm

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Harmony in red

2022 \ Acrylic on polyester \ Framed: 158 x 125.5

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Love and Forgetting

2022 \ Mixed media on polyester \ 92 x 102cm

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Mouseion

2022 \ Acrylic on canvas \ Framed: 124.5 x 170cm

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Nude

2022 \ Acrylic on polyester \ Framed: 164 x 129cm

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Phillip

2022 \ Acrylic on polyester \ Framed: 94 x 93.5cm

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Reflection

2022 \ Mixed media on board \ Framed: 53 x 43cm

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Self portrait with head scarf

2022 \ Mixed media on board \ Framed 95 x 77cm

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Spring Harmony

2022 \ Acrylic on polyester \ 154 x 110cm

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Study for Phillip

2022 \ Progresso on paper \ 82.5 x 116.5cm

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This is all

2022 \ Acrylic on canvas \ 42 x 52cm

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Trophy of the hour

2022 \ Acrylic on canvas \ Framed 42.5 x 52.5cm

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Two Owls

2022 \ Charcoal and progresso on paper \ 82.5 x 64.5cm

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Way away

2022 \ Acrylic on board \ Framed: 30.5 x 38cm

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What are we in the shadow of trees

2022 \ Acrylic on canvas \ 166 x 121cm

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You see me

2022 \ Acrylic on board \ Framed: 33 x 27.5cm

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silent observer

2022 \ Acrylic on board \ Framed 53.5 x 43cm

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will of the wind

2022 \ Mixed media on polyester \ 162 x 120cm

\ Other exhibitions

Caroline Zilinsky

Barren Land

28 July — 13 August 2022

Mitchell Ferrie

Opening Old Wounds

28 July — 13 August 2022

Antonia Perricone-Mrljak

FERRAGOSTO

6 July — 23 July 2022

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm