Acrylic and graphite on board
62cm x 92cm
The essence of a place can be altered by an artwork. Some paintings, for one reason or another are haunted by their aesthetic or by its history, whether because of their association with the dark and mysterious, or because of their function in relation to the specters of art making itself. The different forms of ghosts that lurk around the city's centre are depicted in this work as well their persistence to uphold elements of the past. Within the frame of this artwork, dark energies are at play, and their unwavering willingness to let go of the past has been captured.
Flin Sharp is an artist whose practice is informed by the chronicle of painting throughout its modernity. Interested in the platitudes and complex references that are laden within the poses of image making, his works function as an lyrical study into painting’s contemporary relevance and trajectory within a political and speculative climate. Employing a multiplicity of styles and references which engage with ideas and tones of sincerity and apathy, Sharp’s work acts as a vehicle by which the practice of painting can continue to be scrutinised.
Flin Sharp completed an MFA at Sydney’s National Art School in 2018 and exhibited frequently since 2016 in group, solo and two-person shows at Knulp, Ankles, Stacks Projects and Alaska Projects.