NICK DRIDAN
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These paintings are simply a further investigation into both my immediate environment, and the act of making paintings in itself.

 

Like much of my past work, as a group, these particular paintings feel less like a cohesive series, and more like a loosely connected train of thoughts, each one coming and going as it pleases but perhaps revealing a common sense of place as it does. This sense of place, or space, stems from general observations of what is around me, but also the inner world of thoughts, feelings or imagination.

 

Beauty underpins much of what I try to create, but some of these works also lean into a mythological or narrative feeling, and more and more I find myself thinking of the landscape around me as a sort of springboard, or a vehicle, for communicating things that are tricky to say with words.

Fig
Fig

20 x 15 cm Framed Oil on Birch Ply $850

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Sleeping Drake
Sleeping Drake

100 x 80 cm Framed Oil on Canvas $3900

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Remains to be Seen
Remains to be Seen

20 x 15 cm Framed Oil on Birch Ply $850

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Burning Tree
Burning Tree

81 x 62 cm Framed Oil on Aluminium Panel $3100

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Last Night
Last Night

51 x 42 cm Framed Oil on Birch Ply $2100

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Paddock's Edge II
Paddock's Edge II

30 x 20 cm Framed Oil on Birch Ply $1200

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Black Snake in the Orchard
Black Snake in the Orchard

35 x 26 cm Framed Oil on Birch Ply $1350

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The Glass Table
The Glass Table

38 x 38 cm Framed Oil on Birch Ply $1800

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Sweet Peas
Sweet Peas

30 x 20 cm Framed Oil on Birch Ply $1200

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Underworld
Underworld

38 x 38 cm Framed Oil on Birch Ply $1800

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Nick Dridan’s paintings are inspired by the landscape and inhabitants that surround him; a farm in the Pyrenees Ranges in Central Victoria. Having grown up in this place, both memory and direct observation have a role to play in his working method.

 

He will often approach a painting looking for an underlying feeling or mood, other times he works with a vague or open ended narrative. In some sense, he considers painting as a form of poetry, through its ability to distil the world down to some kind of essence.

 

His compositions are carefully considered, and often constructed, balancing the real and the imaginary.