Tom Adair / Donovan Christie
Donovan Christie
September 3, 2018
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September 29, 2018
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'HOME'

By Tom Adair

Born in Melbourne in the eighties and immersed in graffiti subculture, the debut show for Tom Adair is a refined exploration of medium, a clear progression from an adolescence spent spraying walls with pressurised paint. The picture perfect homes dotted across flat dibond surfaces area personal response of longing for the idyllic family home and an appreciation of architecture influenced by a professional career focused around design and interiors.

Viewed from a far, new airbrush works by Adair appear as monochromatic colour images from the mid-century architecture era .Adair engages many processes while producing the romantic pieces, first documenting the dwellings using photography and digitally creating halftone renderings before spending countless hours meticulously airbrushing the works by hand. The addition of hand bent neon lights are used to accent each structure and invite the viewer closer to a more intimate level where the swirling electricity and softness of the air brush can be appreciated on a more personal level.

Adair plays on the idea of viewing distance and the perception of the perfect family when observed from the outside looking in, similarly in his work the pieces appear faultless, however on closer inspection imperfections and reality are revealed. No matter the level of imperfection each home holds the key to evoke an emotional connection, pleasant memories or prompt a narrative imagined by the viewer.

'BE KIND REWIND'

By Donovan Christie

Christie’s work can be seen as very witty and nostalgic. Seemingly simple at first, the more you look; the more there is to see.Thoughtfully immortalising a period of time, he documents the scenes ofAustralia in this day and age as we are on the verge of a dying era. 

The self-taught artist has been a finalist in several major art prizes, including the Waterhouse Art Prize, Parklands Art Prize, Lethbridge 10000 and the BSG Small Scale Prize to name a few. In 2015 he was nominated for the Channel 9 Young Achiever Arts Award and in 2016 became the winner of the prestigious award. 

“As a 90s kid I have a vivid picture of what my home town(Adelaide) was to me; City Sk8, Magic Mountain, Night Train, and Tilt Arcade.All these places have left a lasting impression on me; however, with this fast paced world we now live in, people often forget what we used to have around us or even what we still do. My aim is to bring attention to the things that often take a backseat in our humble city, encouraging the viewer to pause and look at the landscape a little different. 

Each picture I paint has a connection to me, even if only subtle; I am placing a piece of me into each painting. Each painting has a personal story attached; I have been a part of the scene in which I am capturing. I choose to leave the paintings vacant of people and life, not only to give the air that something has or is about to go down, but to also allow the viewer to place themselves in the setting and recreate their own memory or narrative.” 

Donovan Christie

When you look at the work on a surface level, it may appear fun, colourful and whimsical, but if you start to peel back the layers, another dimension starts to appear. A ticking clock, a reminder of mortality, a snapshot of our nostalgic childhood and the culture during simpler times. In a way it serves asa self-portrait, the backdrop to the paths we’ve walked and the landscapes that have carried our stories. There’s a mixed feeling to each image knowing that these businesses and facades are rapidly fading, the light side however, is the piece itself, the painting not only documents its history, but immortalizes it.With everything going on in this fast paced world, this exhibition is an access to happiness but also a subtle nudge to remind us to cherish the charming things we still have.

I spent most of my childhood outside, at the age of 4 I removed my own training wheels from my bike and I was off. The following decade were days full of skateboarding, rollerblading and BMX riding with the local crew. The days where a handful of shrapnel would buy the crew a kilo of hot chips wrapped in newspaper with enough money left over to head to the corner store and gorge on your favourite lollies. This series is a reminder of how brilliant and honest our childhoods truly were before the introduction of the internet. This exhibition is for all the kids that built cubby houses, climbed trees, built bike jump and skinned their knees.

When it comes to discovering the images, I approach each landscape almost like a location scout, there’s multiple elements that I look for that not only appeal to me but they tell a story; an indication of the years past and the different eras of signage and advertising. I am careful when it comes to what I include or subtract. I am definitely a purist when it comes to painting real to life,I’ll hardly even move a street sign. You will notice that I rarely include people or vehicles in my work. This is a thoughtful part of my practice; I choose to leave them out to avoid sending mixed signals when it comes to dating the work.I wish for the building and signage to be the focal point allowing their age and heritage to sing the loudest.

This exhibition is set to be one of many in the series, its own world frozen in time almost. I wanted this particular exhibition to act as the debut. Similar to a concept album, I wanted this to be a concise body of work with a solid direction. I have had this show planned for over 3 years now. I knew the number of images I wanted and in what iteration. I wanted multiple elements to the exhibition to create a well-rounded immersive experience. The first section would include the landscape and exterior of the Milk Bars including the iconic signage, as if you were outside the shop. This would then lead to a physical shopfront that hangs work in situ in a trompe l'oeil style. As you enter through the shopfront, you are engrossed by still-life’s of all the chips, lollies and soft drinks you once would have purchased in the 80’s and 90’s as well as the trading cards and Tazo’s that came along with them. Then to roll out the exhibition as you lead down the side, you will find the ghost signs that adorned external walls of these modern-day relics. All in all, giving the viewer a shared memory, even if they haven’t visited any of these particular locations, they still know the warm familiar feeling so well.

- Donovan Christie, 2022

Tom Adair / Donovan Christie
by
Donovan Christie
September 3, 2018
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September 29, 2018
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Tom Adair

A Short Two Minute Walk to the Beach, 2018

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

110 x 110 cm

Tom Adair

Picture Perfect With a White Picket Fence, 2018

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

160 x 115 cm

Tom Adair

North Facing With Palms In The Front, 2018

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

160 x 115 cm

Donovan Christie

Return Of The Mac, 2018

Oil on canvas

150 x 200 cm

Donovan Christie

It's Mac Time, 2018

Oil on Linen

60 x 60 cm

Tom Adair

A Quiet cul de sac, 2018

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

90 x 125 cm

Tom Adair

Golden Opportunity with City Views, 2018

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

125 x 125 cm

Tom Adair

Situated in a Green Leafy Street, 2018 (L)
Superbly Positioned in A Beautiful Tree Lined Street, 2018 (R)

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

both 90 x 125 cm

Donovan Christie

Make It A Blockbuster Night, 2018

Oil on linen

90 x 120 cm

Tom Adair

270 Degrees Sea Views, edition of 8, 2018

Silk screen, aerosol and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

80 x 80 cm

Donovan Christie

The Burgers Are Better, 2018

Oil on linen

90 x 120 cm

Donovan Christie

Home of The Whopper, 2018

Oil on linen

60 x 60 cm

Tom Adair

Bushland Beauty, 2018

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

160 x 115 cm

Donovan Christie

A Slice of Life, 2018

Oil on linen

90 x 120 cm

Donovan Christie

That's All Folks, 2018

Oil on linen

60 x 60 cm

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Tom Adair

A Short Two Minute Walk to the Beach, 2018

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

110 x 110 cm

Tom Adair

Picture Perfect With a White Picket Fence, 2018

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

160 x 115 cm

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Tom Adair

North Facing With Palms In The Front, 2018

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

160 x 115 cm

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Donovan Christie

Return Of The Mac, 2018

Oil on canvas

150 x 200 cm

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Donovan Christie

It's Mac Time, 2018

Oil on Linen

60 x 60 cm

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Tom Adair

A Quiet cul de sac, 2018

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

90 x 125 cm

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Tom Adair

Golden Opportunity with City Views, 2018

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

125 x 125 cm

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Tom Adair

Situated in a Green Leafy Street, 2018 (L)
Superbly Positioned in A Beautiful Tree Lined Street, 2018 (R)

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

both 90 x 125 cm

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Donovan Christie

Make It A Blockbuster Night, 2018

Oil on linen

90 x 120 cm

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Tom Adair

270 Degrees Sea Views, edition of 8, 2018

Silk screen, aerosol and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

80 x 80 cm

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Donovan Christie

The Burgers Are Better, 2018

Oil on linen

90 x 120 cm

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Donovan Christie

Home of The Whopper, 2018

Oil on linen

60 x 60 cm

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Tom Adair

Bushland Beauty, 2018

Airbrush acrylic polymer and neon on dibond, acrylic frame

160 x 115 cm

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Donovan Christie

A Slice of Life, 2018

Oil on linen

90 x 120 cm

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Donovan Christie

That's All Folks, 2018

Oil on linen

60 x 60 cm

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