New York based Australian artist David Rankin, with his unique voice and his experienced eye, has offered to capture for The Culture Concept Circle the atmosphere of the prevailing mood and trends in art as a special features correspondent. Read his first article Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World at Guggenheim here.
‘David works predominantly not only in oil and acrylic on canvas, but also with paper, prints, sculptures and ceramics’. He has during his lifetime ‘held over 100 one-person exhibitions in cities across the world and his work forms part of many of the world’s leading collections and museums’.
David and his wife New York based author Lily Brett live on Shelter Island, a quiet haven at the eastern end of Long Island surrounded by water, where his studio has become a busy hub for clients, visitors and friends from around the world.
David’s works for me have always been both challenging and contemplative ever since I happily encountered them first during the late 60s and 70s in Australia. They were always so thoughtfully considered, and still are as his recent exhibitions in Melbourne confirmed.
Awarded the Wynne Prize in 1983 (Australia’s most prestigious landscape award) David Rankin is all about continually exploring his inner spiritual terrain as he interacts with the influences of the world around him.
He arrived in Australia as a two-year old with his Irish emigrating parents. He spent his formative years living in a semi-rural location not far from Sydney. He then spent his teenage years in a number of places in the countryside of NSW, where he soaked up local culture and other intellectual and social influences in play at the time.
As the 90’s approached he sought to further expand his horizons. His decision to decamp to New York in 1989 as so many other artists did at the time, was not only about expanding his knowledge and growing his expertise, but also about challenging himself to succeed on an international platform.
David has always used colour and form as a metaphor for his own emotions, combining elements from both Aboriginal and Asian art practices while through abstraction he expressed in visual terms that which cannot be easily spoken in words.
Now with wise and wonderful words he seeks to capture the atmosphere of the prevailing mood and trends of art in New York and our contemporary world. You will find all his posts in Spotlight Stories.
We thank him for his valued contribution and look forward to publishing his thoughts as his life and his contemporary art practice allows.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2017