It’s definite that Adelaide is possibly Australia’s most artsy city; along with the Adelaide Fashion Festival just around the corner in September/October, another art fest that always attracts people into the city is the South Australia Living Arts Festival (SALA). Held every year in August, the fest has a strong key focus on visual art and aims to showcase the talent of South Australian artists. One emerging artist whose work is included in this year’s SALA festival is Ian Clover.
Having only studied at the South Australian School of Art five years ago, Clover’s abstract art and passion for painting has developed nicely since 2014. Of the hundreds of paintings he has created since then, only twelve were on show at his Reflections exhibition displayed kindly by Jorrells Face Hair Body.
The joys of abstract art is that they invite you to make sense of what is occurring or question what the meaning is. Although, in Clover’s own words, ‘I’m not going to tell you what the paintings are “really about”, that is up to you’. That being said, what you see within the art is determined by your imagination and perception.
During the process of creation, Clover explained how he began with photos of the North Terrace streetscape that he took himself and incorporation of I Ching, or Chinese Book of Changes and the geometric pattern known as Penrose Tiling of the Plane. Together through layers of colour, shape and time, you must look deeper to find the complexity behind it.
To interpret Clover’s work for yourself head over to Jorrells Face Hair Body (Shop 44, City Cross, off the Gawler Place entrance) or online at cloverianart where his art can also be purchased.