Corban Renouf

 

‘I’m 39 years old. I’ve been drawing since I was about 5. I had always rendered my drawings in pencil or charcoal, I only started painting about 4 years ago. Originally I was always into Realism and it wasn’t until I started going to art exhibitions about 3 years ago that I started to stare away from that style.
Although I don’t like graffiti and defacing property I fell in love with the street art movement, especially Banksy. I found it an interesting way to convey an important message but also being able to paint something that someone could actually hang on their wall.’

Inspired by personal and political liberty, Renouf uses suggestive imagery to demonstrate chaos. Utilising the same language large marketing companies use to sell Corban silently demonstrates the chaos that abounds within the media. Through this body of work Renouf hopes to convey the message that woman should not be valued by beauty alone, despite the constant appeal and barrage of glamorous images, portrayed by the media.

‘I get extremely anxious about going out to a social setting. When I get there I’m so highly strung and all my senses are heightened that I feel like I’m hearing every conversation in the room but I cannot seem to focus on any one of them. When it is at its most extreme I start to feel dizzy and on the verge of passing out, I focus on that little bit between the top lip and under the nose. Every thing beyond the face becomes unfocused and blurry. I guess I paint these back grounds to sort of portray this hectic busyness I feel when in this situation. The backgrounds were suppose to be an abstract messy nothingness, but my need for perfection has turned them into an intense process of stencilling, layering, repainting, stenciling, destroying and starting all over again to throwing a tin of paint over it. Although I never feel like the background is finished I at some point finish it off by painting a calm peaceful image, after which I feel exhausted from the ups and downs and mood swings. I then leave it in an area for the next few days where I look at it with much disappointment, to then pick myself up to start on the next one.  Occasionally I paint the geisha’s because I feel I need structure to calm me down and paint between the lines. I try to follow a process  in these paintings where there is no room for me to make an error, which helps me realign and clear the mess in my head.
And I somehow love what I do.. It feels like the only place I feel comfortable. Its my time to not feel like I need to fit in.’

Elsa

Elsa
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 760mm x 760mm
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Abbey

Abbey
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 910mm x 910mm
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Adriana

Adriana
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 630mm x 510mm
POA

Alessandra

Alessandra
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 1150mm x 1150mm
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Aviana

Aviana
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 510mm x 630mm
POA

Bianca

Bianca
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 760mm x 760mm
POA

Claudia

Claudia
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 760mm x 910mm
POA

Isabeli

Isabeli
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 610mm x 610mm
POA

Jaimie

Jaimie
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 630mm x 510mm
POA

Joohee

Joohee
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 760mm x 910mm
POA

Josie

Josie
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 630mm x 510mm
POA

Juliet

Juliet
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 630mm x 510mm
POA

Lucy

Lucy
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 910mm x 1200mm
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Sharon

Sharon
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 610mm x 460mm
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Victoria

Victoria
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 1150mm x 1150mm
POA

Zara

Zara
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 630mm x 510mm
POA

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Ava
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 1150mm x 1150mm
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Zoe
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 910mm x 900mm
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Annabelle
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 910mm x 900mm
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Charlize
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 910mm x 1250mm
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Lucy
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 910mm x 790mm
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Madison
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 1020mm x 860mm
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Frankie
Original acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Size Unframed (ready to hang): 1090mm x 1020mm
POA

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