The Clayton Utz Art Partnership
The Clayton Utz Art Partnership brings together a unique collaboration between two outstanding Australian artists and our firm.
Read more about this collaboration in an article recently published in Issue 43 of Artist Profile.
Each exhibition presents an opportunity to showcase the work of two contemporary artists in the offices of Clayton Utz. Our exhibition space offers a unique visual art experience for clients to get up close and personal with an amazing array of artwork. The uniquely curated program allows both artists to explore and display their work in one of Australia's leading corporate environments. Guests visiting the exhibition will have an opportunity to explore the artwork in an intimate and innovative environment.
Complementing the exhibition is an Artist-in-Residence experience within the Clayton Utz offices. This opportunity provides both artists and Clayton Utz a collaborative platform to explore the artistic process and allows us and our clients exclusive access to the artist and the creative process.
The Clayton Utz Art Partnership is a truly exciting initiative and demonstrates our pride as an Australian firm committed to the cultural sector, and the broader creative communities in which we live and work. We hope you enjoy being part of it.
Current Melbourne Exhibition
Artists: Dean Brown and Jasper Knight
Our Melbourne office is now featuring works from two Sydney based artists, Dean Brown and Jasper Knight, as part of our latest exhibition. The relationship between Jasper Knight and Dean Brown is pertinent to the pairing: Knight and Brown are friends who share the same studio
space, and while thematically there are similarities in their practice, stylistically they are quite contrasting. The subjects of both artists’ works
are generally lone figures or objects. Knight places an enduring focus on industrial subject matter, whereas Brown often depicts objects
synonymous with still life images, such as glassware and vases with flowers. Knight routinely uses primary colours and plays with textures to
create bold mixed media works. Brown on the other hand, creates striking paintings with two central components, the form, and its
Dean Brown is a Sydney based painter and printmaker known for his formal rendering of figures and objects that contain a characteristic stillness and speak to moments in time. In his paintings, there are two central components: the form and its shadow.
Like a sundial, the shadow is cast onto vacant space and endows presence and
drama onto the subject, creating a noir-like theatricality unique to still
Jasper is best known for his for his bold
mixed media works constructed out of plywood, perspex,
masonite and other recycled materials such as old signs.
Playing with the different textures, he uses enamel paint
to create an interesting tension between the painting and
sculptural aspects of the work. Knight’s formal vocabulary
of drips, primary colours, and black outlines denotes his
relationship to Piet Mondrian, graffiti art, and Roy Lichtenstein.
His work explores the relationship between material and
subject, between constructed object and painted surface.