ARTIST Terry Matassoni puts his inspiration quite simply: "I paint what I see."
His latest exhibition Silent Windows, now on show at Maroondah Art Gallery, showcases works dating from 1989 to this year. The works relate to Matassoni's experiences of living in Melbourne, living in proximity to others, and alienation in the crowded city — all fitting in well with his description as "an urban artist".
His paintings show everything from the mundane moments of life, to the loneliness and tensions in relationships.
Matassoni's paintings have been on show right across Australia. Works from private collections have been gathered together for this exhibition..
He grew up in the country around Swan Hill before moving to Melbourne and his first exhibition was held in 1984. "My paintings are realistic in one sense but kind of put together like a jigsaw," he says. "This is the first time all this work has been put together in this way. It is exciting."
Silent Windows is on show at the Maroondah Art Gallery now until October 20. The gallery is at 32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood. Opening hours are 10am-4pm Tuesday to Friday and noon-4pm Saturdays. Details: 9298 4545.