8 October - 2 November 2014

About the Artist

Born in 1961 in Dunedin New Zealand, Craig Easton is a Melbourne-based artist working within an expanded model of abstract painting. This model extends through languages including formalism, minimalism, pop, constructivism, architecture, and the screen, to attempt a (re)construction of what place reductive abstract painting might take in today’s culture. 

Constructed from a diversity of materials and mediums, the work in BUILD at Nancy Sever Gallery  included paint on canvas, aluminium and plexiglass, as well as object making, video, drawing, digital painting and photography, reflecting this engagement with painting as an expanded, hybrid field. While many of the materials used in BUILD are readymade products of industry, inspection also reveals a celebration of the hand and its imperfections, the painterly, and process in all its guises. Presenting artworks from 2007 until the present, BUILD also tests the limits of difference across the artist’s practice, ultimately reflecting upon the act of ‘building’ a body of work. 

Craig Easton has previously shown in Canberra with Ben Grady Gallery (2000, 2001) and at CSA Photospace (2001) while a visiting artist at the ANU. BUILD is his 27th solo exhibition since 1996 with his most recent: A Strange Arrangement at Margaret Lawrence Gallery VCA, Melbourne (August 2014) where he has been completing a PhD researching the possibilities for reductive abstraction through the alternative structural and conceptual model provided by ancient Chinese gardens. Other recent exhibitions include Concrete Abstractions at Conny Dietzschold,Gallery Sydney (2014); 50 Variations at Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne (2013); Concentrated Abstraction at East China Normal University, Shanghai (2012).

Recent curated group exhibitions include Perceptions of Space: Justin Collection, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne; Tangible, Trocadero, Melbourne; Split-Level, Five Walls, Melbourne (2014); SNO 99, SNO Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney; Reading the Space: Contemporary Australian Drawing, New York Studio School Gallery, USA; Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery (2013, 09, 07).

Craig Easton’s work is held in major collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Federal Court of Australia, Artbank, NAB (UK and Australia), RMIT University, La Trobe University, Siemens Australia.