The formal abstractions of Jules Sher are
inspired by the vast expanses of land and sea that hold the population
of Western Australia to coastal regions. By employing rich colour,
a high horizon and dual perspective, the artist converts these broad
forbidding regions into a welcoming space that spans the gap between
reality and imagination.
In all Jules Sher’s exhibits the
horizon is the most important and exciting aspect of the work. All
the elements of the composition seem to meet at, or radiate from,
Sher’s work captures the essence
as well as the appearance of the landscape. With a command of good
design, he is able to strike an ideal balance between the powerful
and the delicate in art, and in nature.
Judith McGrath, Art Reviewer
Excerpts from Review of solo exhibition at Gunyulgup Galleries,
Yallingup, Western Australia – January 15th – 30th,
Sher has a deep love of Australia’s great spaces. With consummate
skill, he distills thousands of observations from aerial views of
the continent. Elements of his personal vision are allied with his
recurrent themes of time, impermanence, change and transformation.
He logs traces of human activity in the great theatre of immense,
continuous geological time.
Through a pared-down geometry of chromatic
steps, passages and strata he organises and reorders the landscape.
Returning to the studio after journeys outback, Jules “reassembles
the memories of the landscape, striking a balance between structural
concerns and tonal, spatial illusion”.
Thoughtful ideas, subtly evoked, are Jules’s
real power as a painter. He creates exquisite beauty about simple
things: from elements that shape the landscape of Australia, to
light fading, or a cloud shadow.
Sher taps a profound metaphysical core
of relationships to make us look deeper and go beyond the first
pleasure quotient of his images. Jules Sher’s paintings are
a marvellous affirmation of the creative act and lyric truth.
Art that can do this is timeless.
Pru J. Evans, Art Writer, Melbourne
Excerpts from Catalogue for solo Exhibition at Axia Modern Art,
Melbourne, December, 5th – 21st / 2002