LATITUDE - Aquatic evolutions in Fragmatism - New artwork by Kristine Ballard

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LATITUDE AQUATIC EVOLUTIONS IN FRAGMATISM Deconstructed shape and reconstructed colour are the elements that define Ballard’s unique painting style called Fragmatism®. In this new series of art works, colour takes a trip to the coast. Beauty is camouflaged. Aquatic hues and colour harmonies are the foundations for this body of work. Celebrating the vibrancy of life on the harbour and carefree seaside days, these dreamscapes fragment perspectives. Definitions of land and sea are stretched and tilt beyond an unstable surface. After a year when all our expectations demanded a little latitude, Ballard retreated to the waters edge for consolation and inspiration. The result is a refreshing new body of work that explores her passion for colour and luminosity in paint. The structure of Fragmatism® gets a little more relaxed. Tones become muted. Edges become blurred. Inspired by the energy and determination of the great colourists such as J.M.W. Turner and Lloyd Rees, and master abstract expressionists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Brett Whiteley, Ballard presents her colourful interpretations of aquatic escape. In a world where the pieces don’t quite fit anymore, Fragmatism® provides a space to lose yourself and expand your horizons.

Who knew how ‘fragmented’ our world would become a year ago? In an age where travel has been disrupted and our spaces are confined, I feel very lucky to be have been able to find a place of escape via my paintbrush. The ocean has always been a place for rejuvenation, and revisiting my coastal experiences has allowed me to stay centred amid these turbulent times. My process of painting is always an uncharted one. I never know which direction things will take until I start working with the colours and forms that present themselves. Together, through my art process, both the art works and I evolve. I am always reminding myself that I should take a little more ‘Latitude’ with the development of each art work. Trials, tribulations and wild adventures are to be had with every brush stroke. My wish is that others will discover their own sense of wonder and joy within these dreamscapes, be it happy holiday memories, the excitement and energy of an active ocean or the tranquillity of a glassy surface. The ocean is a myriad of moods, and I’d like to think there is one for everyone of us to connect to. I hope you enjoy the ride! Best wishes Kristine Ballard


Guiding Light Oil on Canvas 122 x 122cm $5900

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Blue Ultra Oil on Canvas 122 x 152cm $6300


Cruising Cool

Riding the Wave

Oil on Canvas 45.5 x 45.5cm

Oil on Canvas 45.5 x 45.5cm

$990

$990

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STRETCHING FRAGMATISM In a quest to push Fragmatism® to new places you will see an integration of looser lines and softer shapes in this collection. Colour is layered and shifts in translucency, shapes morph, melt and drip into each other. Forms float and disappear.

Tall tales and young hearts Oil on Canvas 30.5 x 30.5cm $650


Regatta Chase

Celadon Skies

Oil on Canvas

Oil on Canvas

30.5 x 30.5cm

30.5 x 30.5cm

$650

$650

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Summertime Prospects Oil on Canvas 122 x 122cm $5900


Quiet Alcove

Top of the Bay

Oil on Canvas

Oil on Canvas

45.5 x 45.5cm

45.5 x 45.5cm

$990

$990

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Sunshine Stretch Oil on Canvas 61 x 122cm $2700


Aquatic Adventures Oil on Canvas 61 x 122cm $2700

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Emerald City Oil on Canvas 122 x 152cm $6300


Harbourside Greens Oil on Canvas 45.5 x 45.5cm $990

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Quiet Contemplation

Moonlight Drifter

Oil on Canvas

Oil on Canvas

30.5 x 30.5cm

30.5 x 30.5cm

$650

$650


Hearts of the Sea

Cruising on Quartz

Oil on Canvas

Oil on Canvas

20.5 x 20.5cm

20.5 x 20.5cm

$390

$390

The two of us

Big Dreams

Blue by you

Oil on Canvas

Oil on Canvas

Oil on Canvas

20.5 x 20.5cm

20.5 x 20.5cm

20.5 x 20.5cm

$390

$390

$390

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Seaside Castle

Sea Swell 1

Sea Swell 2

Oil on Canvas

Oil on Canvas

Oil on Canvas

15 x 15cm

15 x 15cm

15 x 15cm

$290

$290

$290

Come sail with me

Follow the Sun

Acrylic block print

Acrylic block print

15 x 15cm

15 x 15cm

$95

$95


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The Foundations of

FRAGMATISM

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Fragmatism was born in the streets of Barcelona in Spain in 2015. Investigating both Picasso and Gaudi’s creative evolution sparked Kristine’s need to articulate her own artistic focus. Her passion for selective colour palettes and vibrant light evolved into a style she calls Fragmatism®. So what is Fragmatism? This is a style of painting based on the concept that our perceptions are often a compilation of reality and experience. Objects are deconstructed and merge into one another. Like memories, images float, dissolve and mutate. Colour also plays a vital role in the style. An admirer of the Fauve painters and their quest for emotionally charged colour, finding the perfect combination of hues to ‘capture a moment’ has always been a driving force throughout her style.

Morning on Milans The street where Picasso’s masterpiece ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ was created.

Fragmatism is a uniting of influences and admirations. The style was inspired by the cubists deconstruction process, the orphic explorations of the Fauves, and the Nabi’s desire to synthesise nature and aesthetics. Using this style, of heightened colour and morphic forms, the ambition is to connect and respond to all the colours that life has to offer. Onward from it’s Spanish inception, Fragmatism® truly established its foundations in the New York countryside. Experiencing the beauty of the woodland forests neighbouring the birthplace of the American artist Edward Hopper in Nyack, simplification of shape and strength in shadows made a major impact on the development of the style. Understanding Hopper’s life long desire to paint the beauty of light on a wall contributed to the focus of long shadows and colour segmentation in Fragmatism®. The light in these coastal areas along the Hudson River is unique and casts long shadows that made for many a dramatic scene. Fragmatism® has travelled across the oceans and made its way to the tropics too. Harnessing the joy of emotive colour instigated by the Fauves, and the happiness of the locals, it got a new burst of enthusiasm.

Morning Shadows Legacy of the Art League of New York.

Back home in Australia, Fragmatism® became the vehicle to articulate the dimensions and ephemeral hues of the landscape. In a country known for its harshness, beauty is often camouflaged and this style of painting helped explain the complexity of layers and colours. The terrain is often scattered and fuzzy. Subjects have less clarity to their solidity. Drawing into the fragments and softening the edges helped define a sense of these landscapes. Temperatures in Australia are on the increase, the heat and human impact affects the intensity of colour. It fades and bleaches out many of what were once vibrant colours. The atmosphere has become misty and desaturated. Shapes are more fluid and leak into each other. Edges are indistinct. Fragmatism® has become a vehicle to show the fragility and fragmented interpretations we have of how we see and interpret the landscape.

Serenade of the Shadows Revisiting the Australian Impressionists’ love of light.


About Kristine Sydney based artist, Kristine Ballard is a fauvist at heart. Saturated colour and strong movement drive her unique style of painting called ‘Fragmatism’®. Specialising in semi-abstract still life and landscape paintings her images float, dissolve and fragment across the canvas in radiant colour. Beauty is often camouflaged. Ballard has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 2020 she was finalist in the Gosford Art Prize and the 9x5 Woollahra Art Prize, despite many Covid art closures. Kristine has completed many Art Residencies including stays at the prestigious Art Students League of New York, in Venice and Fiji, and at Monsalvat in Victoria, Australia’s oldest art colony. Ballard shares her passion for creative discovery and colour by teaching and educating others in fine art through art functions, presentations and art mentoring. Experienced presenter of EDTV, she believes everyone deserves the chance to live ‘bright beyond beige’.

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NEW WORKS BY KRISTINE BALLARD ON SHOW 15 - 2 8 FEB R UARY 2021


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