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Finding Solace in Remote Sands

9 April - 20 April

9 – 20 April 2024

Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 7pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm
admission: Free

a personal reflection on oneself and the desire to find the inner comfort within solitude

Finding Solace in Remote Sands explores the feeling of solitude within oneself to unearth their inner peace and reconcile with the immediate environment one is situated in. Whether one needs to reflect on life, one would isolate themselves into a private retreat. Linking the desert and the home space resembles the personal isolation and privacy one may look for as a sort of escape from the world or as a retreat to their personal space to self-reflect. However positive or negative it may be, each artwork depicts a lonesome figure (or two) in a desolate setting, having a moment of introspection and experiencing the fleeting feeling as they interact with their surroundings.

Finding Solace consists of paintings done primarily in oil paints, some of them incorporating elements of mixed media. Objects included in each painting reflect on the homeliness of a room, creating a sense of intimacy within the setting. Sometimes, the structures appearing in each work reflects the condition of the state of mind an individual is currently experiencing. With the figure in each artwork, they convey the sense of intimacy and self-reflection with the interaction between spaces. With Finding Solace, it is seen as a personal reflection on oneself and the desire to find the inner comfort within solitude.

Image 1: Transient Affection, Kenny Phan, 2023, oil on canvas, 95.7 x 50cm
Image 2: Cloudgazing, Kenny Phan, 2023, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm
Image 3: Pondering under the auroras, Kenny Phan, 2023, oil on canvas, 51 x 61cm
Image 4: Missing You (like the desert misses the rain), Kenny Phan, 2023, oil and oil pastels on canvas, 51 x 61cm
Image 5: Phantom Wind, Kenny Phan, 2024, oil on canvas, 40.6 x 50.4cm
Image 6: Unprecedented Times Beyond the Desolate Wasteland, Kenny Phan, 2023, oil on canvas, 50.6 x 40.5cm

Kenny Phan is a Sydney-based artist that seeks to create works of art relating to inner feelings and create a small narrative in each artwork he makes. Focusing on the imagination of mind and the spirit of the subjective, he seeks to express a sense of the subconscious and to further dive into the depths of imagination. Influences from the surrealist works of paintings he encountered throughout his life and growing up with cartoons, comics and graphic novels, he uses the form of painting to combine the graphic style of drawing into another medium.

Kenny has completed a BFA at National Art School in 2019 and had participated in two group exhibitions so far as part of his academic curriculum. He also had one solo exhibition in 2022 entitled Nu Imago and one group exhibition at Pari as part of Mixed Business 4.

Opening Night
Tuesday 9th April
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Small Gallery

Free Entry.
All Welcome.
No Booking Required.


9 April
20 April
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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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