Currently showing at Wild Island Gallery - "Every Night, Day Bright" - an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Ray Firth, 20 February - 20 March 2018
Ray Firth grew up in Moree on the dry north west plains of New South Wales, going to university in Sydney to study architecture. He worked as an architect until the early 1990’s, when a near fatal accident led him to reassess his direction. Firth started painting around that time and since then has taken it up on a full time basis, painting and exhibiting around Australia. His first exhibition was a solo show at the Burnie Street Gallery in Sydney in 1991.
Firth’s work is a response to the patterns and textures of the land, the sky and the landscape generally. He has a preference for bright patterned things, and frequently assumes an aerial perspective, due in part to his love for flying.
Firth says ‘Our world often shows itself to me through little experiences of exquisite beauty. Marvellous, beautiful things are there in the bush for a fleeting moment, and then they’re gone. The flight of a parrot, a ground orchid that comes from nowhere, performs fabulously and then is gone in a couple of days, the bright midday sun and deep shade, the colours of a bruising storm over the dry land.’
In this exhibition, Firth continues to explore his deep love and respect for the natural environment with his bird’s eye view of rivers and streams, arid landscapes, mountains and forests. Accompanying the painted works are a series of whimsical sculptures.