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What makes an Aaqus painting unique?

Aaqus has traditional master skills as in this nude figure series.
Every unique brushstroke in every original Aaqus landscape painting is always controlled at this level of technique.

Video: Aaqus worked for years in polluted cities far from nature. Every night, he dreamed he walked in Australia's inspiring coastal forests. In the 80s, Aaqus purchased and conserved the now threatened Nantasenhai wild sanctuary in Tasmania with its panorama of Wedge Island. Nantasenhai is Australian culture in the mode of Heide , Windgrove and Bundanon .

What makes AAQUS unique?

Australian science & innovation produced a new paint technology in the 1980s. Already experienced in the acrylic precursors to the new technology, Aaqus developed a unique world style that crafts both the impasto expression of Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles and the water colour on paper landscape style of China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan.

Aaqus uses unprimed canvas which invents a new modern art style. In a modern art breakthrough, Aaqus brought carefully selected background textiles into the foreground to create texture, space and tone.

What makes AAQUS unique?

Above: Aaqus lived and worked in Queensland. Tropical light differs from temperate: greens appear differently. Light has real black. Aaqus selects intense white non-canvas textile which requires new paint applications.

Above: Most Aaqus paintings are painted on select exposed and glazed canvas. Batik techniques are used to create a painted 'frame' (often gold or white) which is integral to each unique Aaqus painting.

What makes AAQUS unique?

Australian modern painting is skilled in world painting techniques, including methods in Indonesian batik pigment-resist shaping and Japanese Zen brushstroke expression. As French haystacks were to Monet's development of Impressionism, so Tasmania's Wedge Island in Storm Bay has given birth to the frontier aesthetic in Aaqus's unique world style.

The new Australian (Kuringgai) paint technology allows Aaqus to apply knife techniques, layered opaque techniques over exposed textile and water layers - and impasto - all in the one statement.

What makes AAQUS unique?

Much of the colour and pattern in Australian forests - such as Nantasenhai on Storm Bay - is on the natural ground. Here are Casuarina 'flowers'. Along with his marine and forest paintings, Aaqus has a special fondness for creating Ground Paintings from Australia's natural wonderland. Eucalyptus leaf colours are another wonder to behold.

For a million years most human beings have attained the freedom of some spiritual time to enter a wild and natural sanctuary. For a while, we put our cares aside and, in peace and quiet, contemplate life and death, personal experience and the brief human condition for all of us on Earth among our fellow creatures. Amen to that.

The advanced hybrid style makes AAQUS unique.

LOVE (Aaqus). Indigenous Australians migrated from South East Asian communities and artists continue dialogue today. Colonial Impressionist Arthur Streeton painted Japanese aesthetics in 1887.

Like Australian masters Fairweather and Whiteley, Aaqus extends modern Australian painting traditions by weaving eastern calligraphy into peak Australian aesthetics. Jade signature seals.


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Born in rural Australia, Aaqus grew up in Sydney and Hobart. At 11 years, Aaqus studied modern art with English academic Ken Thomas. A philosophical interest in our human condition led Aaqus to live and work in nine Australian cities. In the 1980s and 1990s Aaqus worked and studied in China, Japan, Indonesia, Europe, and more recently the US. Aaqus has shown solo at top Canberra and Melbourne galleries, and a group show at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Aaqus lives frugally in order to put half his resources into conserving the Earth's coastal forest at Nantasenhai.

Perhaps foolishly, Aaqus still believes in the free market for modern art. If a painting appeals, consider becoming a collector so Aaqus can live reasonably :)

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