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Brock Q. Piper

2020 / 2021

Selected Works


‘Piper speaks of visual poetr y; the refinements of colour and form are at once intuitive , sophisticated and symbolic they flow adaptively, in a nuanced way as they do in nature . There is also a sense that as in li fe and nature nothing proceeds quite how we envisage .’ K Ather fold, The Liberal Eclectic


Brock Q. Piper Artist Portfolio

Piper takes an anthropological approach to his compositions. His work reflects the mythology and the mythos of travel and of the people that are intertwined within the artist’s journey. Brock’s works are as much about the viewer as they are the historical and cultural narratives woven into the work; an outsider ’s observations of cultural ambiguity and the mythological landscapes that invite you into the world the artist travels through. Surreal abstractions of memory and the role that travel has on the multidisciplinary artist practice. Brock users very thin layers of oil paint to create an image that alludes to a sense of both creation and destruction. An aesthetic that plays with illuminating and obscuring elements hidden within; layers are eroding as they are being replaced. His work employs a deep understanding of colour theory and oil glazing techniques to have the work evolve and to reveal hidden elements, only visible through the changing light of the day.


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The Proposal Date : 2020 Medium : Oil and Charcoal on Canvas Size : 160x160cm

‘I really just want to make a painting that surprises me, something that makes me stop in my tracks and question whether it was a dream or a memory. I want to focus on the language of painting and of the collective mythologies of cultures around the world.’ Varied influences and ideas can be found within these works; from Greek mythology to Mayan rituals and Tom Waits. In Piper ’s work we find colourful, bold imagery with theatrical expression. Every work is heavily embedded in narrative and storytelling.

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The Swimming Instructor Date : 2021 Medium : Oil and Charcoal on Canvas Size : 50x50cm

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The Sirens Date : 2021 Medium : Oil and Charcoal on Canvas Size : 80x80cm

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Tambien Date : 2021 Medium : Oil and Charcoal on Canvas Size : 100x100cm

Piper ’s latest works are a bold and vibrant foray into figurative expression. Themes of universal myths, ritual and human connection are explored, with colourful characters and storytelling. Piper cites influences of travels in Mexico, Indonesia, California and Australia; untangling the characters we encounter in our travels, our memories and the layers of history found in a place.

Over page: The Optimist 140x140cm 2021

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Date : 2020

There Will be an Invitation and Request

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Medium : Oil and Charcoal on Canvas Size : 80x80cm


Date : 2021 Medium : Oil and Charcoal on Canvas Size :50x50cm

The Florist

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The Wager Date : 2021 Medium : Oil and Charcoal on Canvas Size : 100x100cm

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Still Life with Commentary Date : 2021 Medium : Oil and Charcoal on Canvas Size : 50x50cm

Over page: The Poet 120x120cm 2020

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An Altogether Removal of Identity Date : 2020 Medium : Oil and Charcoal on Canvas Size : 100x100cm

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A Sudden Shift of Light Infantry Date : 2020 Medium : Oil and Charcoal on Canvas Size : 100x100cm

Over page: Collectivo 140x140cm 2021

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The Hypnotist Winner of the George Hicks Contemporary Art Prize 2021 Date : 2020 Medium : Oil and Charcoal on Canvas Size : 120x120cm

This large figurative works is an unusual

the surrealist use of the eye; the mirror,

blend of narratives, at once historical

protector and window. ‘

delights of Royals, Egyptian Tombs and authority figures that arc into questions

-Rebecca Agnew 2021

of what makes humans susceptible to suggestion in contemporary times. Who is hypnotising who here? The scale, composition and delicately layered paint are executed with expertise and a sense of sponteneity. The unfinished patterns are reminiscent of the decorative mark making of Klimt and

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Studio Space Level 1, 575 Church Street

During the challenging year of 2020 Piper

Richmond

has moved into a warehouse studio on Church Street Richmond with textile designer wife Josie. The space as been transformed from a disused gym into a working studio and workspace by the pair. Available for visitors by appointment.

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Brock Q. Piper Studio Level 1, 575 Church Street Richmond Tel : 0422 515 696 brockqpiper@gmail.com www.brockqpiper.com

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Brock Q Piper selected works 2020/21  

Artist Portfolio and selected artworks from Melbourne artist Brock Q. Piper.

Brock Q Piper selected works 2020/21  

Artist Portfolio and selected artworks from Melbourne artist Brock Q. Piper.

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