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ITALIA: Venice-Rome-Calabria

21 NOV - 12 DEC

Hawthorn Studio & Gallery

In the Italian winter of 2014 Gary travelled with his family to Italy. Painting and travelling from Venice to the Southern tip of the boot, Gary took in the ashen streets of Pompei, the coast of Reggio, and the agrarian groves of small town Calabria. Seasonal in their ways, practical and non-wasting, Gary affaired with the Italian landscape and the seasonal nature of her people.  The cold spectrum of winter is splashed and stroked through Gary’s ever shifting language. From the anvils of a cautious blacksmith to roadside citrus and olive groves, the Miles vision is an intense representation of place and person.

Bella, in the steep flanks of Nicastro, Lametzia Terma (Calabria) hosted a fortnightly base. Homemade wine, the daily bread man, coffee and the afternoon shutdown during siesta shaped Gary’s time- all painted from the hatchback of a very small car. This is a departure for Miles and a series of work that has evolved the practical, parochial Australian.