As Rückenfigur, my solo exhibition at Queenscliff Gallery, dwindles down to its final days, I’ve curated a selection of the paintings that take their point of departure from the doily collection of my late aunt, Eileen Elizabeth Klein. The works have been reproduced on this blog before, but this is the first time I’ve gathered them together in one post.
The above image is cropped from a photo snapped at the exhibition opening by Queenscliff Gallery’s co-director, Soula Mantalvanos. In honour of my aunt, I’m wearing a vintage cardigan and sweater she knitted at least forty years ago. I received numerous compliments about her handiwork on the day. I’m sure she would have been delighted!
Below is a photo of Auntie Eileen taken in the 1950s, very possibly earlier. The inscription on the back in my aunt’s distinctively forceful handwriting identifies the store in the background as “Rondel’s”. A little online detective work locates Rondel’s (presumably long gone) womenswear store at 110 Market Street, Sydney.
As her brother, my late Uncle Tom, used to say “Eileen had style”.
Directly following are my paintings and the doilies that inspired them.
Patience, 2022, diptych, acrylic on canvas, 35 x 12.5 cm
Idyll, 2021, diptych, acrylic on canvas, 35 x 12.5 cm
Primavera I, 2021, diptych, acrylic on canvas, 37 x 15 cm
Primavera lI, 2021, diptych, acrylic on canvas, 37 x 15 cm
Lady in Waiting, 2022, diptych, acrylic on canvas, 55.5 x 22.5 cm
Flora, 2021, diptych, acrylic on canvas, 35 x 12.5 cm
Butterfly Net, 2000-2020, acrylic on 4 canvases, 35 x 25 cm
Rückenfigur concludes on Sunday, July 10, at 4 pm.