THE OFFICES of Colin Biggers & Paisley (CBP) have just got a lot brighter thanks to three art works by an emerging Australian artist which now adorn the walls of the firm’s reception area.
The works are by painter Noel Skrzypczak and one piece entitled ‘Portal’ was produced especially for CBP. Skrzypczak is currently a resident at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces in Melbourne and will take up residence at the Australia Council’s Japan Studio in 2009.
The exhibition was curated by Barbara Flynn, who has worked with a number of major Australian corporations to help develop unique initiatives in support of the visual arts. It was unveiled last month at a function for clients of the firm’s commercial dispute resolution practice, with over 80 people - including Skrzypczak - in attendance.
The firm’s business development and communications manager, Meredith Casbier, said the firm undertook the project as an innovative way of refreshing the reception area, as well as providing support for Australian artists.
“It provides a point of interest for clients,” she said. “Barbara Flynn put forward a number of artists but I liked Noel’s work because of its vibrancy. She has a very unusual style and the pieces are also quite large so they’re good for the space.”
Managing partner Dunstan de Souza said that he was delighted that the firm was able to assist the artist: “We believe we have a responsibility to assist young people in our community with great talent who would not otherwise have the opportunity to succeed,” he said. “We were delighted to be able to exhibit the works of Noel Skrzypczak who is a wonderfully energetic and exciting emerging Australian artist.”
According to Casbier, the works have quickly become a talking point amongst staff. “There’s been a myriad of comments from staff. It’s certainly created a topic of conversation. Some really like the art, some don’t — but that’s what good art should do, cause a little controversy. Overall it’s been a very positive project to undertake.”
The works will be on exhibition for the next two months.