Deborah Beck: Deco



As an artist and historian, Deborah Beck’s artwork is often informed by her research and writing. Her recent biography of the sculptor Rayner Hoff led her to explore Sydney’s art deco buildings, particularly their use of highly decorative panels which contrast dramatically with the simplified masses of the architecture on which they sit.

As well as images of the exteriors of the buildings, more intimate studies of art deco lighting and details of the interiors of Sydney’s iconic theatres and public buildings have been drawn and painted in Beck’s favoured mediums of gouache, collage and graphite.

Artist Statement: Sokquon Tran

A painter in the romantic tradition, Tran’s work possesses all the elements of the intangible which characterized the visionary works of artists such as Delacroix and inspired thinkers including Nietsche and musicians, Wagner and Schubert. For the first time throughout history, the Romantics sought to portray the essence of spirituality, or ‘God’, without referring directly to religious iconography. Sokquon Tran’s sublime landscapes reveal to us a beauty and mystery which speak to us of a greater power than ourselves, transcending place and portraying an echo and a visceral response to it. The exact location is of lesser significance than the sense of sheer wonder and of the magic of the land itself. His worlds are at once real and imagined, and are places of refuge and of reflection.