in 1950, Phillip McLeish has lived and painted in and around the
Northcliffe region in the deep South West Karri forests of Western
Australia since 1975.
Painting has been a constant pursuit through all this time. He
has spent many of those years at work in the South West forests
witnessing on a consistent basis the distinct local phenomena.
Such isolation has enabled him to absorb the consequentiality
of his subject matter. His paintings have a deep sense of place
and reveal knowledge gained experiencing the intricate balance
and play between light, form, growth and seasonal shifts.
Having recently temporarily moved his studio north to a beach
side location in Bunbury, McLeish has experienced a dramatic shift
in coastal structure, intensity of light and weather patterns.
This exhibition where paintings from the Southern Ocean meet paintings
from the Indian Ocean follows on from a very successful exhibition
at Galerie Düsseldorf in 2005