Murray Bridge artist Detlef Baumer describes acrylic paint as 'medium that's going to die soon'

Juxtaposition: Murray Bridge artist Detlef Baumer's latest exhibition combines a childlike fascination with paint with a grown-up concern about its future. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Juxtaposition: Murray Bridge artist Detlef Baumer's latest exhibition combines a childlike fascination with paint with a grown-up concern about its future. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Murray Bridge artist Detlef Baumer worries that there might not be any acrylic paint left 100 years from now.

In a world whose climate is changing and whose fossil fuels are slowly being consumed, he wonders about the artistic medium’s future.

"It's a medium that's going to die soon – it's based on oil and we're going to run out of oil," he said.

"By the end of this century it's going to be none left.

"So I thought I'd experiment with what acrylic is."

For his latest exhibition, Small Things, on show at the Murray Bridge Studio Gallery, he dialled his artistic skillset right back to the basics: squishing paint between folded pages or onto pieces of paper, dabbing it on with his fingers or working around tape on a surface.

The brachial effect, veins of colour, he discovered he worked into landscapes or butterflies; geometric shapes he layered over one another in the style of Mark Rothko or Piet Mondrian.

He mainly stuck to primary colours and white.

"When you're working with acrylics, you've got to go back to basics," he said.

The exhibition will continue until Saturday, April 8.

  • Studio Gallery opening hours: 10.30am-4pm Tuesday-Friday, 9am-2pm Saturday.
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