The Art House Gallery in Ballarat is located in the City Centre Arcade off Sturt Street. Exhibitions were changing when I arrived (my bad timing) nonetheless there have a variety of artists works including some previously seen (search this site for Sarah Paxton)
Ralf Kempken’s exhibition is focused on streetscapes with, if you look closely, some great identifiable locations in Melbourne. His use of colour and light (or absence of colour) draw you through his streetscape and create dramatic contrast. His technique is also new to me, described by Ralf as “hybrid stencil” it creates a very interesting effect. Even though I feel familiar, at home with his subject matter, his technique has me looking at the familiar with new eyes as it draws me in to look closer, wondering how does he do that? I also recommend a look at his web site, Ralf obviously creates big art, great public installations in metal. I will get out and about to find more of his public works beautifying our city (we need more great public art).
Ralf Kempken: Shady Cafe #10 Red. (Included with artist consent)