Art & Artists

Toni Messiter’s Solo Exhibition - My Mother Said (June 3-26, 2021)

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At RJ Office, we believe that approaching furniture designs with an artistic perspective is the best way to create products that last a lifetime — both physically and visually. In fact, we are so passionate about art and its influence on design that you might mistake our office furniture showroom for a gallery – make an appointment and come take a look!

We believe that good product design evokes emotions in a user, much in the same way that art evokes emotions in perceivers. One such painter who creates aesthetic experiences to arouse emotions is Toni Messiter, partner to our Managing Director Radek Lasota. In Messiter’s paintings, you’ll be visually stimulated by themes of nurturing, love, rivalry, jealousy and coercion, and perhaps more.

My Mother Said is the 2nd Solo Exhibition by Toni Messiter at Stanley Street Gallery. Described as a feminist painter, Messiter explores notions of choice and otherness in this playful and poignant exhibition.

Toni Messiter's new paintings respond to the cautionary tale My Mother Said. The body of work explores notions of choice and otherness by provoking the characters response to the question - what would you do?

Messiter's dramatic allegorical figures appear as if a decision is about to be made, drawing viewers into an enticing possibility of new beginnings. Their enigmatic expressions allure the forbidden, playing into folklore and gypsy tropes as the protagonist's piercing eyes enchant audiences through isolation and intrigue. Carefully outlined, they protrude from dark backgrounds filled with fierce brushstrokes surrounding the subjects that create a mercurial and uncertain atmosphere.

The ubiquitous doll subject is a playfully absurd yet poignant reminder of the realities for girls and women in contemporary society. Drawn from personal experiences, antiquity, high-art and the three-quarter portraits from Old masters, Messiter incarnates the doll-esque notions to consider experiences as 'the other'. The result is complex characters rendered through layers of paint, fleshed out, they create tension between an ominous peripheral past and a future of unconstrained possibility.

In response to the poem, fuelled by Messiters unbridled approach to painting, these uncanny and inquisitive figures imply there may be more than meets the eye.

Your Hair Won't Curl

Toni Messiter, Your hair won't curl, 2021, Oil on canvas – Framed, 64 x 54 x 6 cm

A Blind White Noise

Toni Messiter, A blind white noise. 2021, Oil on canvas – Framed 78.5 x 64 x 6 cm

No Ship To Get Across

Toni Messiter, No ship to get across, 2021, Oil on canvas – Framed, 125 x 125 x 6 cm

I Paid Ten Shillings

Toni Messiter, I paid ten shillings, 2021, Oil on canvas – Framed, 79 x 64 x 6 cm

The Grass Was Green

Toni Messiter, The grass was green, 2021, Oil on Canvas, 125 x 95 x 6 cm

Exhibition dates: June 3-26, 2021

Gallery hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11am - 6pm or by appointment

Cost: Free

Stanley Street Gallery
1/52-54 Stanley Street
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

Phone: 02 9368 1142

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