Elyss McCleary, from top to bottom: Portrait of Monday and Saturday Super, 2018. Oil on linen, 83cm x 71cm.
Inlet, 2018. Oil on linen, 83cm x 71cm.
Warm sun on our Necks, 9:43am outside with Alice in 2010, 2018.
Oil on linen, 83cm x 71cm.
Images courtesy of the artist, photographed by Simon Strong
Elyss McCleary's practice explores the interrelation of vibration and colour. Responding intuitively with immediate application of paint to various spaces outside and inside, the work gives intimacy to spatial energies and forms. Fusing memory with materiality, expressive haptics with Art History, along the way McCleary orchestrates a form of physical activity and moving meditation that is both fast and slow, soft and hard, viscous and unyielding.
Together her works share uncanny combinations of hue and thinly veiled and translucent brushwork, with the resultant effect creating a curious circularity – one can clearly demarcate where gestures start and end, overlap and merge, however the works defy an identification of start and end.
This process uses colour to investigate how shapes and settings are seen and perceived. McCleary's paintings draw on a variety of resources and often employ built assemblages installed within the work. The paintings are based on portraits of ideas of space and feelings.
Elyss holds a Masters of Contemporary Art from the University of Melbourne Victorian College of the Arts (2016), a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drawing from RMIT University (2007) and in Diploma in Photography from National Arts School, Sydney (1999). Recent exhibitions in Melbourne include St.Francis (Under the cities a Graffiti wall is left in the Rain) Tristain Koenig and Black Arts Projects, 2019, The Pinkness,Tristian Koenig, 2019, Otherworldly, Egg&Dart Thirroul, 2019 The Correspondence of Noticing, Counihan Gallery 2019,Open Eye Signal, Fort Delta, 2018, The Man with Three Names, LON Gallery,What’s Happening Here?, Hawthorn Town Hall, 2017 , Bedrooms, Rubicon Ari 2016, in Newcastle co curator (with Doug Heslop) of A Second Shadow, Prelude and Trail, The Lock up, 2015. She currently works as a support worker at Arts Project Australia and a sessional teacher in Drawing Atelier and Life drawing at RMIT University, Melbourne.