BEING an elder statesman of the Warrnambool arts scene does not mean Bruce Vinall has got staid in his ways.
Vinall, 73, explores new ways of expressing ideas.
His Hymns of Creation exhibition at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, which opened last night, is a “survey” of his works from the past 38 years.
A former visual arts lecturer at Deakin University, Vinall has been an influential arts figure in Warrnambool.
Curator Gareth Colliton is among Vinall’s former students.
Like many artists, Vinall was reluctant to label his style but ventured abstract impressionism as coming close.
The exhibition shows Vinall’s fascination with creation stories and the works take inspiration from sources as diverse as ancient Hindu scripture to the Bible’s Book of Genesis and the theories of evolution and the Big Bang.
To convey the feel of creation and evolution, Vinall often uses colour as light and symbolic figuration.
“I like representing growing things,” he said.
Colliton said he had arranged the works in a loose “cosmogonical” manner, starting with creation and progressing to a swirling cosmos, the primordial mire, the formation of gardens and seasons and the arrival of human life.
“But that is just one way to read it,” he cautioned.
Vinall said creating art was in his soul.
“It is something that I have to do,’’ he said.
“As a child I scrawled over everything.
“The work is what drives me more than I driving it.
“I go along for the ride.”
The paintings and drawings range from oils to enamel to pastel.
The exhibition was opened by Professor Emeritus Barbara van Ernst who was Vinall’s former head of school when he was an art lecturer.
It will run until November 24.