Neridah Stockley distils landscape into simple forms. Within her paintings we see a vernacular articulation of space and shape, creating a recognisable short-hand that is both brief and resolved. For Stockley, there is a persistent fascination with Australian towns and moments in suburbia. Rooflines, churches, pot-plants and chimneys; all forged with an apparent inelegance. But it is precisely this inelegance in which we find an enduring and satisfying complexity. Unlikely harmonies are found in both composition and colour.
Stockley has developed a unique pictorial language that is driven by intuition. This is an approach to painting unshackled from the expectations of technical and academic methodologies, instead the resulting compositions take up residence somewhere in our subconscious. This offering of new works are informed by Neridah’s response to Hermannsburg, a locally and internationally recognised chapter of inland Australia history. Hermannsburg is also the site of Lutheran Mission activity and the Hermannsburg School of watercolour painting made famous by Albert Namatjira. It is a unique cross-cultural heritage site characterised by local landscape, early pioneer architecture, working histories, domestic, industrial and religious structures.
Originally from Sydney, Stockley now lives and works in Alice Springs. She is represented in national and international collections including the Araluen Collection and the Parliament of Australia Art Collection, Canberra.
Collections include; Artbank, Parliament House Canberra, Newcastle Art Gallery, Macquarie Group and the Kerry Stokes Collection.
SOLO SHOW: February 2021