18th Mar – 11th Apr 2015
“My art is a reflection of cause and effect.
My motivation is to be a creator of reactions.
I am a conduit to the innovative and to the emotional.
I intuitively connect to the reaction,
observing the fleeting and ephemeral metamorphosis.
I am the conductor,
the creator of something living and dying,
flourishing and fading –
capturing moments of splendour for eternity.”
Reactions is the solo exhibition by internationally recognised artist Derryn Tal to be held at Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst Sydney.
"I explore cause and effect; I create change; I can control it & it can be out of my control, as is the essence of change. As I am the creator & conductor, I capture moments within a reaction and I am left with a memory. This captured moment then becomes the creation - orchestrated by me.” Derryn Tal
This exhibition is an exploration of the idea of “cause and effect”. Tal’s unconventional approach to mixed media results in unique exciting work.
Many different mediums & materials are used to create reactions - acrylics, oil, glazes, inks, wax, acetone, bitumen & chemical additives and more.
“In my most recent works, I am using numerous liquids & a reacting agent to create the image. I capture moments in a rapidly moving reaction using photography and video. I have been developing this technique over a number of years. I am very excited by this work and by its uniqueness.”
“I was always surrounded by art. My mother being an extremely talented potter, and my father a collector of tribal and modern art.” Derryn Tal spent her childhood in South Africa.
Derryn Tal attended Sydney College of the Arts, graduating in 1984. Following her graduation, Tal gained success by winning a number of competitions including the Australia Post ‘International Youth Year’ Stamp Competition which was produced in 1985; the Youth Photographic Award Competition in 1984 judged by Max Dupain, and third place in the Youth Art Award judged by Lloyd Rees also in 1984.
Tal has consistently exhibited in her career and was most recently a finalist in the 2012 and 2013 Paddington Art; she was also hung in the 2012 and 2013 Portia Geach Portrait Prize for her portraits of Akira Isogawa & Claudia Chan Shaw. Tal also participated in the 2013 Designer Rugs Art & Rug Exhibition. 2010 New York Agora Gallery Out From Downunder & Beyond - 17 artists selected from Australia & New Zealand. 2009 - Winner of the ‘Premio Ercole D’Este’ award for her contemporary art at the Trevisan International Art Exhibition “Imaginary Journeys”. This was an international exhibition of 80 artists, held in Ferrara, Italy (a Unesco heritage listed city, as it is one of the last True remaining Renaissance cities).
Derryn is represented widely in private collections nationally and internationally.