Caroline Zilinsky

Titanic

18 May — 5 June 2020

1978
Lives and works in Sydney

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

Caroline Zilinsky is the most enigmatic of painters.  She is obsessive, highly skilled, sharp witted and possesses an eye that drills into the very soul of her sitters, revealing their most intimate truths. Her unrelenting artistic drive is intoxicating—ten-hour days at the easel is the studio norm.

When viewing Zilinsky’s paintings, one cannot be an innocent bystander. As an artist, she has the ability to metaphorically reach out and grasp the viewer, compelling us to engage in a dialogue with her protagonists. Her sitter’s stare gives way to the delicate patterning of an exquisite rug while the artist’s mastery of tonal variation guides us through her carefully constructed compositions. Shadow and form are subtle, but superbly articulate. This artist revels in her solitary pursuit. She is forthright in her personal history and how it informs her practice—laying bare her own insecurities about the world that she has dealt with over many decades. She asks us in our newly minted Covid world—what took so long for you to join me?

Zilinsky’s works inhabit an interesting place in contemporary Australian painting. She echoes many of the themes of the Australian Modernism greats. Stylistically, she acknowledges a debt to their introspective investigations into an uncomfortable world. Her attention to the idiosyncratic detail is critical in her work. Delicate notes—the slash of a red painted toenail commands our attention, then, gives way to the expansive void of an interior wall with shadows that evoke sense of the history of time that appears to have stood still.

There is a black humour that pervades the exhibition titled ‘Titanic’. With a wry smile she explains:

“The world started melting down and you said let’s have the show. I thought the world may not exist in a few months so I said yes but it felt a bit like shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. May as well play the violin to the bitter end and go down doing what I love.”

Zilinsky, by holding a mirror to our society, questions many things about the way we are and the way we think about ourselves.  There is much to obsess about in her painting. There is beauty, there is calm. They are not easy pictures — but that is true of life where beauty is often reviled in the overcoming of adversity.

The artist’s calm articulation of our flaws and our inherent charms is profound, indeed she is reflecting us through her subjects —it is a societal observation that is so very important for us to take note of, as we stumble through a world that lacks so much of what we knew we took for granted a few short months ago. 

Ralph Hobbs
May 2020

Artist Caroline Zilinsky discusses the work in Titanic with Gallery Director, Ralph Hobbs (6:11mins)

\ Exhibition featured works

Caroline Zilinsky

Anthea may or may not

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 115 x 100cm framed \ Winner, 2020 Portia Geach Memorial Prize

SOLD

Caroline Zilinsky

Dancing Sweet Peas

2019 \ Oil on linen \ F. 99.2 x 99.2cm

Caroline Zilinsky

Eliza do something

2004 \ Pencil, 1943 wallpaper on oval card \ 47.6 x 37.7cm framed

Caroline Zilinsky

Hortensia

2005 \ Pencil, paper and gold frame \ 22.2 x 17.2cm framed

Caroline Zilinsky

Rudi in Decline

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 63.5 x 73cm framed

SOLD

Caroline Zilinsky

Sinner and saint

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 99.7 x 99.7cm

SOLD

Caroline Zilinsky

The Senator

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 97 x 97cm

Caroline Zilinsky

The cupboard mirror

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 43.5 x 33.5cm framed

SOLD

Caroline Zilinsky

The interogation

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 97 x 97cm

Caroline Zilinsky

The wallflower photograph

2004 \ Pencil, 1943 wallpaper on oval card with gold frame \ 52 x 35cm framed

Caroline Zilinsky

Us and them (or antisocial dog)

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 97cm

SOLD

Caroline Zilinsky

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faceless

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 122cm

SOLD

Caroline Zilinsky

medusa the seducer

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 112 x 97cm

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Caroline Zilinsky

the boy with the thorn in his side

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 43 x 33cm framed

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Caroline Zilinsky

the man of polynomial time

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 114 x 98cm framed

SOLD

\ Other exhibitions

Antonia Mrljak

ground

26 October — 7 November 2020

Jun Chen

BLOOM

8 October — 24 October 2020

Mitchell Ferrie

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?

16 September — 26 September 2020

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
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