“Assailed as we are by digital images way beyond our capacity to absorb, there is a place for the silent singular paradoxical stillness of paintings. It is easy to lose the desire and ability to stand still, to watch and listen, easy to be caught up in speed and surface. I think a painting is worth keeping if it can sustain concentrated looking”
– Stephen McCurdy –
Metanoia will be a collection of Stephen McCurdy paintings that he’s created and accumulated over the last 2 decades. Some are figurative, some abstract, and some float in the indeterminate boundary between. Each one implies some kind of narrative, whether it is identity, complicity, morality, love, the land or the people.
Metanoia promises to be a show rich in ‘concentrated looking’ and a fascinating look at Stephen’s work that he has completed between 1997 and 2017.
Stephen McCurdy started painting seriously at the age of 47. For most of his working life he wrote, arranged and produced music for theatre, television and film. He scored feature films including Came a Hot Friday, the End of the Golden Weather, Leave All Fair, Feathers of Peace, TV series Gloss, Heartland, dozens of documentaries and hundreds of TV commercials. He also arranged and produced with Shona Laing her flagship South album.
In Conversation with Stephen McCurdy – Sunday 5 November 2017, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Join Stephen McCurdy in the Main Gallery for a fascinating discussion about his artistic journey, his work and the multifaceted theme of Metanoia.