Solo exhibition by Salvador Medina at Neilson Hays Library
The Neilson Hays Library is featuring artistst Salvador Medina’s first solo exhibition in Thailand from Mar. 5 to 31 at the Garden Café Gallery 1. Entitled Contentment in Adversity, this selection of oil on canvas paintings was completed over the past three years. Medina’s impressionist style focuses on Thailand rural and city working life.
The rural paintings were captured during Medina’s travels to the rice farming region of Sakhon Nakhon. Here he captures the “back-breaking working life of Thailand’s poorest people, yet strangely enough the most content of people amongst hardship and adversity.”
“The city life is another side which shows the industrious nature of Thai people amongst difficult conditions,” says Medina. “The ‘city of smiles’ would make others in the West cry. Yet amongst this struggle people still demonstrate this unbreakable human spirit with a wonderful smile.”
An Australian impressionist and post-impressionist artist of Spanish immigrant descent, Medina’s art collection spans over 25 years. His work has been inspired by his passion for uncovering and expressing life’s wonderful manifestations.
The impressionist style displays free brushstrokes which more clearly reflect emotions and feelings. His more recent work fringes on post impressionism and fauvism, which dates back to the period of 1890 to 1910 with a focus on strong colours.
In the past Medina has exhibited at the BSG Gallery in Melbourne, as well as the Brunswick Street Gallery (BSG), the Camberwell Rotary Art Show, and the Hobson Bay Art Show, all in Melbourne.
The opening reception will be on Mar. 8 from 6pm, when guests can meet the artist.