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Painter The paintings in this new body of work by Richard Manning share several powerful threads: foremost among these is their connection to the rubric of landscape in art. But these are no simple translations of the natural world into paint; still less are they examples of plein air painting. They are, rather, scapes of the imagination, distillations of countless hours the artist has spent in the the forests of the Otways, Gippsland and the central ranges of Victoria. These works are the result of the alchemy that is possible in the painter's meditation cell- the studio, whereby impression and sensation undergoes a transformation into the formal language of art. Cliff Burtt 2017