Waves are a central leitmotif in Phil Henshall’s current exhibition. They arise in his paintings from the depths of the ocean, towering, swelling, and gathering speed and momentum before crushing onto the golden beaches (no.7). They inject a mixture of adrenalin and terror into the surfers who dare to ride its crests (no. 5). They wreak havoc with ordinary beach goers as they are tossed and tumbled helplessly in their might (no 9). Henshall’s energetic brushwork conveys the feel, the force, and the speed of the mighty waves. The generous lashings of paint create rich surfaces that evoke the differing textures of these ocean dwellers.
On view at the gallery until Saturday, February 27. View the exhibition online at http://www.quadrantgallery.com.au/phil-henshall-playing-with-waves-2016.html