Saturday, 27 September 2014

Dilka Bear exhibition (Auguste Clown, Melbourne)

This week I went along to a wonderful exhibition of Italian artist Dilka Bear at Melbourne gallery Auguste Clown. I have been a fan of Dilka's work for many years after seeing images of her work online, and I was very excited to hear that she was coming to Australia for an exhibition. This is actually her second exhibition at Auguste Clown, and like the previous one this one has been a sell-out! (Just look at all the red 'sold' stickers above).

Dilka's works across a range of mediums including oil paintings, watercolours, and drawings, but what stands out about her art is her delicate aesthetic. Her art takes the viewer on a journey into a fairy-tale realm, which blends familiar and unfamiliar elements into ethereal and mesmering dreamscapes. There is definitely a story-book element that comes out from her work, particularly in illustrations where she works directly on vintage music sheets, which are some of my favourites.

Dilka's work certainly remind a viewer of the 'pop surrealism' style as popularised by artists like Mark Ryden. It was great to see her works in person because you could really come to appreciate up-close her delicate and finely detailed work, qualities that are lost in reproductions or prints.

I can't believe to tell you how thrilled I am that Dilka's works are gaining the recognition all over the world. Dilka came to Melbourne for the exhibition, and was also involved with some live studio painting that I sadly missed. Given the positive reception of this show, let's hope that one day Dilka will come back for another exhibition!

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