The Enchantment of Steve Gough’s classically inspired landscapes lie in the minute detail set against the glowing and often hazy atmosphere of the Top End bush.
This new series of paintings are vignettes of Gough’s hallmark characteristics: seasonal light, the fine slender lines of woodland trees, quiet stillness or the rustle of feather; all contained within the small size of these works.
In a reiteration of last year’s Japanese aesthetic, Steve continues his work with gold leaf to an iconographic effect. His bird studies exude a nineteenth century charm similar to the colour plates found in scientific manuals; these studies are exquisite compositions of both simplicity and detail on a minute and delicate scale.
Steve Gough was a finalist in this year’s Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.