John Rabling

Painting pictures of people is an enthralling task. With one subtle brush mark an image of anger can turn to sadness, ambivalence to joy, stern repercussion to welcoming compassion. Possibilities are endless. Taking pigment, paper, a little inspiration and careful considered examination of what is before you and creating something new is an endlessly involving activity. However, like trying to look at the moon in the afternoon sky, attempts to record something you feel you cannot quite see and imbue it with some meaning is tricky; the details come and go in and out of focus – the point of detail you really want to convey is sometimes obscured by or confused with glare and cloud; line and curve in three dimensions seems sometimes impossible to convey in two dimensions; recording what you see, what you think you see and making decisions on that evidence is challenging.

Rabling's works are the artist's attempts at resolving those challenges. He uses watercolour, sometimes accompanied by acrylic glazes, neither of which, historically, are considered ‘serious’ mediums. For the artist, these are eminently appropriate. The translucency and delicacy of watercolour and thin glaze are marvellous tools for segueing from fact to fiction, for creating a reality that is his, not someone else’s. With that in mind, his works are interpretations as much as representations. They are deliberately intimate, introspective and intended to encourage reflection and contemplation.

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Recent exhibitions include
2019 The Source of the Sun, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2018 Nobody looks at the moon in the afternoon, Tacit Galleries

2020 20[2020], Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2019 Postcard Show, New Linden Art, Melbourne; Camberwell Art Show, Melbourne 2018 Biblio Art Prize, Tacit Galleries; Biblio Art Prize, Blarney Books & Art, Port Fairy; The Exquisite Palette, St Luke, Melbourne; Postcard Show, New Linden Art 2013 Sorrento Invitation Art Prize 2012 Group, Wishart Gallery, Port Fairy; Sorrento Invitation Art Prize; Group, Aspects Gallery, Melbourne 2011 Sorrento Invitation Art Prize; Group, Aspects Gallery, Melbourne 2009 Four, Wishart Gallery, Port Fairy