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Asian Art News Volume 25 Number 4 July/August 2015 Published in Hong Kong Editor : Ian Findlay-Brown AUSTRALIA The Rhythm Of Solitude The Bankwest Art Gallery is presenting  Flow: by  Galliano  Fardin, through October 13, 2015. Fardin, who lives of Lake Clifton, south of Mandurah, is the second West Australian artist featured in a series of exhibitions highlighting and supporting artists represented in the Bankwest Art Collection. Bankwest art curator Sandra Murray says Fardin is a highly regarded artist. "With a number of awards to his name, including being a finalist in the Bankwest Art Prize from 2002 to 2005, he is deserving of more recognition and this new body of work is a testament to his outstanding painting skills, says Murray. Geometric patterns often  appear in his work through which  he communicates a sense of place with rhythmic harmony. He says: "l have a fear of the blank canvas. I find it intimidating. l needed, right from the start, some structural elements on the canvas surface to turn chaos info some degree of order initially" Over the years Fardin has retreated further and further away from the noise of civilisation, which threatens to encroach: "As I grew up in a small provincial town, I was never able to adjust to city life. My maternal grandfather was born to a family of shepherds who came down from the mountains in the 1800s. I think the need for solitude is genetic. The artist says:  "The stargazing paintings are a flashback from my childhood Back then it was easy to dream of other worlds and the fantastic creatures that might inhabit them. We all constantly travel through space anyway, aboard our home planet. We circle around the sun once a year and rotate along with the rotation of the earth around its axis every twenty tour hours. Because this is so obvious we sometimes forget about it "My  lite  experiences have made me a witness to momentous change - both social and environmental. Many of the truths of my childhood were embedded in solid rock and eternal, but with the passing of time some of those certainties have changed, weathered, or just fossilized. Many apparently solid truths turned out to be only mirages. "Change often catches us by surprise. The landscape itself is the strongest evidence of this powerful force at work. Remains of forests and their inhabitants become fossils embedded in rocks beneath he surface of he Earth with the passing of time, in desert areas the drifting sands arrange and rearrange patterns, and continental plates drift upon the planet's surface with their cargo of living organisms and fossil remains." Born in Mogliano Veneto in 1948, a small town between Treviso and Venice in Italy, Galliano Fardin moved to Australia in 1972. In 1986, he received his BA in fine art from Curtin University of Technology. Flow : by Galliano Fardin is on view at the BankWest Gallery, BankWest Place, Perth, until October 13, 2015

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