Launceston scenes have been given the Art Deco treatment in David Lake's latest exhibition at Gallery Pejean, DECO etc.
Art Deco is a style of design, architecture and visual art prevalent in the interwar period of the '20s and '30s.
It's characterised by clean, bold, geometric lines; lavish, opulent materials; and intricate patterns.
Art Deco is the style that comes to mind when you think about design of movies like the Great Gatsby and Metropolis; or the architecture of the Chrysler and Empire State buildings.
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In Lake's exhibition, it comes across in paintings that range from instantly recognisable buildings like the Star Theatre or the Princess Theatre, to close-ups of details, to more surreal depictions of armchairs in incongruous settings.
Experimenting with the style fulfilled two functions for Lake: familiarising himself with oils, rather than his usual medium of acrylics, and allowing him to play with light, as is common in Art Deco paintings.
"I'm a fan of beauty," he said.
"[My work] is often inspired by light - just a glimpse of light, that I see, and then I go back and often look again. It can be subtle light, with its reflections, or night light, which is often interesting.
"It's also about the simplicity [of Art Deco]. I like simplicity."
- DECO etc. by David Lake is at Gallery Pejean until August 31.
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