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Toni Messiter – Beloved

Painter Toni Messiter brings her unique perspective to Stanley Street Gallery this week. Messiter’s works use the framework of traditional portraiture to convey the complexity of family relationships, however rather than using people as her subjects Messiter uses dolls.
By using dolls rather than humans in her paintings Messiter imbues the works with a nurturing intimacy. Blending this intimacy with the classic 17th-century portrait style allows the works to have a much more dramatic influence on the viewer as they take in the unfolding ruminations of the human condition.
Messiter first began painting over 20 years ago, following in the footsteps of her father. Whilst having an artist father Toni was self-taught and quickly grasped the fundamentals of colour and composition. Her upcoming solo showcase, Beloved, is a fantastic opportunity to display these skills to Sydney art lovers.

Aug 14-31. Stanley Street Gallery, 1/52-54 Stanley St, Darlinghurst. Info: www.stanleystreetgallery.com.au

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