Ivor Cole's latest exhibition 'On The Square' is all about that... literally!... a mixed collection of thirty paintings in either 30x30cm or 60x60cm square. And though they may be contained in shape, there is no limit to subject, with each completely unique painting complemented by Ivor's detailed hand and characteristicly cheeky humor.
Ivor states "Working with smaller sized canvases posed a new way of thinking. Coming from a scenic art background both the square and smaller format was a challenge. The idea of telling a story within limited perimeters proved to be not only challenging but also exciting."
After dropping out of the limelight during the 90's Cole was, in his own words, "beavering away in the studio recovering from a miasma of drugs and several tempestuous relationships".
At the turn of the millennia Cole upped sticks and moved far from Sydney to the top end - Darwin. As well as showing in several galleries in Darwin, he says he was "working away on behalf of the mostly neglected Territory artists and producing copious new works".
In 2003 Cole formed the Gallery Sometimes project in Darwin showcasing local artists working in the western style. Gallery Sometimes was a series of pop ups, at one time running 15 spaces in the CBD. He also secured the first legal street art site in central Darwin.
Now residing in Bali for most of the year, in 2016 he was invited to join the Bali Artists Camp, a government sponsored art initiative, as the sole non Indonesian artist.
Ivor Cole's 'On The Square' opens October 18th from 6-8pm and will be on display through November 3rd at Disorder Gallery.