Alkyd on aluminium, 16 pieces
In 1978, Richard Killeen began the cut-out paintings for which he is best known. Each is made up of shaped and painted aluminium pieces. Although there is a parallel with Matisse’s cut-outs, Killeen’s works have no fixed compositional order; pieces can be arranged in any manner. The viewer is thus allowed a greater range of options in approaching the work. There is no set narrative, but instead an allusiveness that is upsetting to those who expect painting to tell them what to think and how to respond.
The 80s Show: Paintings from the Fletcher Trust Collection, Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga, 1 July to 27 August 2017 (toured)