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paul w ruiz art notes

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Danseuses attachant leurs sandales, oil on canvas, circa 1895

Danseuses attachant leurs sandales, oil on canvas, circa 1895

I first encountered you at age 15. And after all these years I’m still gripped by

The architecture of your forms
The rhythms of bold and subtle colour
The shimmer and audacity of light rippling across flesh, sinew, and surface.
Your work’s sense of air and space,
of raw substance and weight
The quiet, yet relentless drive to reimagine the ordinary into moments of spectacle.

Degas, Melbourne welcomes you this Winter.