Night Watch

Both Rosemary Theunissen and Henry Symonds produce paintings that articulate a heightened concern with both space and place with the familiar of their lived environments.

Environments made unfamiliar through close observation and contemplation as darkness and silence settles on empty backyards and deserted streets - interactions which result in pictorial propositions that invite viewers to construct possible narratives of either close identification or unsettling alienation.

Theunissen's paintings carry conflicting identities that combine the'ordinariness of suburban houses, gardens and footpaths with a romantic sensibility: dramatic skies, deep shadows and tiny lone figures.

Symonds' work responds in a more abstract, formal manner to reflections and refractions of light on rain washed tarmac, illuminated shop windows and vegetation cloaked in evening darkness.

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