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Medium: Oil Painting
Dimensions in centimeters (height x width x depth): 167*167*6
Extra details: framed, signed, dated
Copyright remains with the artist. Reproduction or use of these images is not permitted.
Oil on linen. Currently in Metro Gallery, Melbourne
Spring Collector Exhibition, Nanda Hobbs Gallery, Sydney ----
Summer Collection, Metro Gallery, Melbourne ----
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
“Howdy” is a painting of the heritage listed “Dandy pig” neon sign, an iconic Melbourne neon sign.
The lure of the lurid neon light glows at dusk, likewise prior to sunset the sky is magical before the mystery of the night begins. This moment where artificial light mixes with nature, is precisely what Jim Thalassoudis has been capturing on canvas with all it’s, beauty, subtlety and extreme detail. However these luminous paintings of vintage neon signs are more than a homage to beauty, they capture and preserve a memory of a place and of a time.
One must remember these are oil paintings, painstakingly painted and each taking hundreds of hours to complete in an attempt to make them more real than real. In doing so Jim creates the illusion of the neon glowing and also imbues the paintings with the ambiance of being there.
Neon light is so seductive and mesmerising to us that what started out as advertising has over time endeared itself to our hearts so much so as to become intrinsic to our sense of place. These neon signs having transcended their intended purpose have now become artefacts of human culture. The products these neon signs once advertised are no longer made but the generations that have grown up seeing the signs have assigned memories to past encounters with them a new meaning that is now all their own.