Five Decades of Batik Painting
An exhibition of work by the internationally known pioneer Batik artist.
"As part of the emerging counter-culture of the early 1960's I was eagerly seeking an alternative to the conventional art processes. I found it in Batik. Batik had little or no artistic legacy in the West, which liberated me from the contraints of content, style and practice. Equally I found in Batik a means to resolve the historic dichotomy of art versus craft. Since those heady days of discovery my passion has continued to infuse my creativity. The spirt or the work is underpinned by the disipline of the essential technique. Integrity and sensibilities are constantly being reappraised to enrich the expression." Noel Dyrenforth.
"Creating art out of hot wax and liquid colour into cloth, otherwise known as Batik, presents a challenge. Yet, Noel Dyrenforth, a leading internationally known artist in this medium, has produced some of the most innovativeand skilled work over the last four decades. His inspired work and teaching pioneered a fresh appraisal of this 2000 year old textile tradition."
Rudolph G. Smead
curator, publisher and batik collector.