Jonathan Kopinski is a Brisbane-based artist with a focus on psycho-scenographic paintings that capture very particular and often peculiar moments of both personal and collective history. Each scene is painted from memory (whether experienced firsthand or informed through learned events), without the use of photographic or reference material. This recording occurs sometimes moments after the incident takes place; other times it emerges after decades. This separation between experience and representation is a vital part of the painting process, whereby the act of remembering allows for an intensified abstraction of character and setting.
In line with previous efforts, this collection has also been produced without a specific underlying narrative or conceptual arc. This allows for unexpected thematic affinities (i.e. places and issues of societal angst, crisis, politics, idealism) to unconsciously emerge between seemingly unrelated and irrational subject matter, blurring any perceived separation between past, present and future.