Paintings on Water – Photography by Ralph Kerle
CSTUDIOS ART GALLERY
738 Hunter St, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
Please join us for this amazing photographic exhibition by renowned artist Ralph Kerle. Opening 15th February 5-7pm
My work is composed of works that reflect on abstractions in nature as an art form. I am of the opinion abstract painting is not an unconscious act of visualization by an artist. I believe it forms as the result of an artist’s subconscious observation in reality and an abstract painting is the artist’s manifestation of what their brain has perceived it sees. Gold Leaf on Water from the Gold In the Desert series is based on capturing those unconscious abstractions in nature first, using a 21 Century medium – the digital camera – enabling the viewer to form their own perceptions of what these natural abstractions represent.
RALPH KERLE | ARTIST BIOGRAPHY 2019
Graduating from the Victorian College of The Arts, majoring in Dramatic Arts and with a Masters in Creative Industries, Ralph came to prominence in Australia in the early 90s as an arts pioneer in multi-media whilst he was associate director of Sydney Theatre Company. This work led him to a decade or so in directing television commercials for Australia’s leading advertising agencies. Over the last two decades he worked as creative director in his own event company, Eventures, using his multi-media skills to design and produce large scale public and corporate live events. The water reflection series, a body of work that represents a return to, and a reinterpretation of Ralph’s earlier multi-media work has now metamorphosed into contemporary art, in the medium of photography. He focuses on capturing images created by, and in nature. These images are visually translated into art that is considered contemporary abstracts. The artist’s process derives from his past creative experiences, and today he has developed a unique visual art style of his own – his aesthetic eye.
Major Commission 2019 Solo Exhibition, Australian National Maritime Museum – ‘The Art of Navy’ Commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy Solo Exhibitions 2019 Ralph Kerle Gallery Intercontinental Hotel Sydney Australia 2016 Sagra Gallery Melbourne Australia 2016 Crea Design Gallery Riga Latvia 2015 EspacoEspelhod’Agua Lisbon Portugal 2014 Gallery 307 Sydney Australia Ralph Kerle’s Art Ralph Kerle’s Gallery c/-Intercontinental Hotel 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney. NSW Australia e: firstname.lastname@example.org m: +61 412 559 603 www.ralphkerlesart.com
2014 Gallery 88 Sydney Australia Artist-in-Residence 2020 Daugavpils Mark Rothko Arts Center Daugavpils Latvia Group Exhibitions 2020 Daugavpils Mark Rothko Arts Center Daugavpils Latvia 2020 Art Palm Beach Florida USA 2018 WelcomeArt Gallery Embaixada Real Principe Lisbon
Portugal 2017 Enter Art Foundation Exhibition, Berlin Art Week, Berlin Germany – selected as one of 42 emerging artists in Europe Corporate Collections Nordska Bank, Riga Latvia Australia Intercontinental Hotel Sydney, Australia (rated No 1 Hotel Executive Club Lounge worldwide) Ramsay Healthcare – The Northside Clinic, Sydney Australia Hilton Hotel, Sydney Australia
Found in private collections in Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, UAE, United Kingdom and the USA Board Member
2009 – 2014 Artspace, Sydney Visual Arts Centre – Australian government funded leading interdisciplinary space for the production and presentation of contemporary art.
Winner 150th Year Heritage Photographic Competition Willoughby City Council Sydney Australia
Background to Ralph Kerle’s Art Each work consists of abstractions found in the sun’s reflections on the surface of water. Ralph does not use photoshop nor does he artificially create the abstract photographs in any of his series. The artist’s images are a direct result of nature, and the artist’s swift spontaneous abstract eye. Together they capture a moment in time that exists in reality. There is no right or wrong way to view his work. Each piece the artist offers freely for the viewer to form their own meaning through the artwork’s shape, colour and form. The philosophy behind Ralph’s contemporary abstract’s is to encourage pleasurable aesthetic mediation and connection.