Fourth generation of the Gold Coast Hinterland region, artist Dave Groom lives and works in a studio he built that borders Lamington National Park, observing and absorbing the subtle shifts in colour and form as time passes. Drawing inspiration from his surrounding landscape, Groom works in the manner of an old master with a modern twist:
The way I work these days tends to be a process of looking at the shapes, textures and atmosphere of the natural landscape and then creating drawings that combine these elements, producing images with a surreal quality. I then use these drawings as study pieces for larger oil paintings. For me it is a rewarding process because the drawings are concerned purely with line and tone, so there is great freedom in creating work with depth and atmosphere. I then have a blueprint to create paintings that are also about depth and atmosphere, but have the added presence of colour and texture.
Groom’s beautifully executed drawings demonstrate strong draughtsmanship and will be exhibited alongside his brightly coloured dreamlike paintings of the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Learn more about Dave and his practice in the short ABC Artist by Artist documentary.
Meet the Artist DATE: Sat 17 Aug, 2.00pm VENUE: Foyer Gallery COST: Free