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Dan Kyle’s recent paintings are explorations of the Australian landscape stripped back to its bare essentials. In these luminous works, Kyle creates sophisticated fields of tension with the simplest elements of composition and form. Kyle imbues each painting with a feeling of specific space and a uniquely Australian light.
Dan chooses to paint en plein air in order to try and catch the ever-evolving characteristics of the landscape. To this end, Daniel prefers to work in the changing light of the early morning and late afternoon. Daniel emphasises colour, shape and movement. The artist plays with elements of the space, cropping and moving objects such as trees and rocks and manipulating the foreground and background in an attempt to achieve the perfect balance between tension and slack within a resolved composition.
Kyle studied at the National Art School, Sydney. He has been selected as a finalist in the Parliament House Salon de Refuses exhibition for Landscape (2013), and twice in the Paddington Art Prize (2012 and 2015). In 2010 he won both first prize for painting at the Walcha Show, and the Inner City Clay-workers award. Kyle’s work appeared in the ‘Blow In’ Exhibition at Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (2014) alongside Australia’s leading painters including Euan Macleod, Ann Thomson, Guy Warren, Guy Maestri, Peter Kingston and Luke Scibberas. Kyle features in the recent Issue 32 of Artist Profile magazine with an interview with Founding Editor, Owen Craven.