Doric

 

A selection of drawings, paintings, collages and mixed media by Alan Todd

 

11 February – 6 March 2022 (HALF GALLERY)

As an art student in 1960’s London, I was influenced by everything from Abstract Expressionism to hard edge painting to the figurative work of Hockney and Kitai and the Art Brut artists of Europe. British artists in Moore, Hepworth, Nicholson and Patrick Heron and Bill Jacklin all played a part. However, there is not an artist between then and now that has not in some influenced my thinking.

For the most part I have been a painter but spent most of the 80s producing large scale steel sculpture. Venturing into stage design and then choreography, I produced original dance work over the thirty-year period, forming my own contemporary dance company in my sixties. The company also allowed me to delve into graphic design, costume design, set design, lighting design and film making. A recent adjunct has been the documenting of living South Australian artists on film.

‘Doric’ refers to the simplest of the ancient Greek columns and Doric stone and marble pillars could be found all over the ancient world as Greek and Roman builders moved across their empires. Two pillars and a lintel, the post and lintel method, has been used ever since as a construction method. The ancient world is littered with the remains of such construction and serve as iconic symbols of a long-distant past.

This premise of this exhibition began with Alan’s first visit to Port Adelaide in 1995 when there was still a mixture of decaying jetties, derelict buildings and concrete wharves. Much of that has gone but what remained with him was the iconic link to history and the work in the exhibition is part of the exploration He undertook in a variety of mediums and then reworked over the last year having not been back to the Port in decades.

‘Doric’ refers to the simplest of the ancient Greek columns and Doric stone and marble pillars could be found all over the ancient world as Greek and Roman builders moved across their empires. Two pillars and a lintel, the post and lintel method, has been used ever since as a construction method. The ancient world is littered with the remains of such construction and serve as iconic symbols of a long-distant past. Doric simplicity pervades the dock area but the realisation of so much that is embedded and reflected in water and wood, became the theme.