Hue to Hold
Llewellyn Skye
May 4, 2021
May 22, 2021
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The new body of work represents Llewellyn Skye's process-focused efforts to capture the joy-inspiring, life-affirming essence of her source material - the rich, bold florals.

The exhibition coalesced during the uncertainties surrounded by the pandemic and rolling lock-downs. As Skye wrote: “Hue to Hold is a testimony to the cherished and intimate moments and sordid events, or lack of, that eventuated while creating this body of work — while the world began turning upside down.

“Suddenly I became a home schooling, wine guzzling, self-reflecting mess. Overcome by confusion and clarity all at once — enraged but smiling, and focusing on the fun, shiny side of our daily life for both mine and my family’s sanity… The blurred lines between coffee time and wine time, school work and no work at all.

“It was during this pandemic, while creating Hue to Hold, that I started listening to his music. No words can describe how much of an impact this has had on me. Listening with my headphones as I work away, zoned out from the world around me, hearing every beat, every lyric, over and over like putting on my work apron. “Hue to Hold is a homage to the quirky existence of a creative mother, trying to make sense of a broken world, desperately holding onto moments of gold.”

The Queensland-based artist has been exhibiting regularly since the early 2000s in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and on the Gold Coast. She was a finalist in numerous art prizes, including the John Olsen Drawing Prize in 2006, and in 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Artegiro Residency in Italy. Skye’s studio and commission-based works grace a number of notable corporate and private collections across Australia and abroad.

Llewellyn Skye

Llewellyn Skye's bold floral abstractions convey young love in a primal language of colour and gesture. What emerges is a paradox of profound opposites. Foolish, youthful passion is freeing but all-consuming. It furnishes hope yet brings despair. Such love is perfectly flawed in its overwhelming intensity but also beautiful and magical in its imperfections and surprises. Skye’s effervescent, expressive bouquets are rendered with confident brush strokes in vibrant colours against dark and muted backgrounds. The work, which marries abstraction and expressionism, mirrors the sweetness and inevitable pain of the ardor of young romance, which, like the springtime, blooms with vigour but soon betrays its fragility. Skye's work recognises that with change and loss comes a darkness. But it also affirms the need to struggle to live in the moments, however fleeting, of beauty and light.

​​"Florals represent abstract beauty and impermanence, all the qualities I enjoy in life and love." - Skye

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