Bawley Point artist, Allan Baptist is about to launch a solo exhibition at The Old Cheese Factory in Robertson, on the Southern Highlands of NSW. The show will run over December and January.
Allan Baptist has been painting and drawing for over 50 years beginning when he was just three years of age. From the age of 18 he has been working professionally on his art, painting drawing and exhibiting throughout Australia.
In 1994 he took his first foray into the life of a full-time artist with a three-month painting excursion to a tiny village in the South of France near Toulouse, after which he moved to the South Coast of NSW in Australia to paint, write and devote his life fully to the arts.
He first began exhibiting solo in 1977 in Mildura, Victoria and boasts a long list of individual and group exhibitions in rural NSW including The Riverina, The Blue Mountains, The Southern Highlands and The South Coast. He has also exhibited in major galleries in Canberra, Perth and Sydney.
In 1982 he was part of the ‘Eight Australian Artists’ exhibition at the Bolitho Gallery in Canberra and in the same year was invited as one in the group show ‘Contemporary Riverina Artists’ in the Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery. This was followed by numerous solo and group exhibitions.
He is represented in many private and public collections.
His imagery has several sources of inspiration; from the translucent light and moods of the coast; the vast openness and visual drama of the Australian landscape; and the exotic beauty and profound dignity of the peoples of Bali, Pacifica and Africa. His figure series (Ripped Canvas) introduces dark and foreboding imagery that provokes contemplation and questioning.
Current works focus on portraits and figure studies of Bali and the new ‘Luminous Series’: landscapes that filled with light, colour and exuberance that draw on coastal sea scapes, yachts, soaring birds and sometimes beach fires at night.
Several works are currently on show at the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, The Forest Galley South Durras and the Coast Gallery Milton.