30 April – 17 May 2014: Richard Knafelc – Transformations


Transformations may evoke the surreal, the mysterious, the poetic, the sinister or the exuberant. Depicting urban scenes often inhabited by ghostly human figures, Richard Knafelc’s paintings explore tensions arising between notions of materialism and happiness.

Using altered colours, photographic negative effects and at times double outlines, Knafelc dramatically transforms urban scenes and landscapes. His use of double outlines distorts these geometrical urban spaces resulting in a vivid abstracted quality.

Richard Knafelc is a Melbourne based artist. He studied oil painting from 2001 to 2008 privately with Peter Smales and Lee Machelak before embarking on a programme of self-education. Richard was a finalist in both the 2013 City of Whyalla Art Prize and in the 2011 Prometheus Visual Arts Award. He was a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2012 and his portrait of Meow Meow was selected for the 2013 Archibald Salon des Refusés in Sydney.

Transformations Exhibition Essay