Minimalism: On the Canvas reveals a breadth of contemporary art that evokes restrained colour palettes and composition.

In this Art at Home edit, we take a closer look at Minimalism in art, this time on the canvas. From neutral whites to expressive colour, simple linework to all-over texture, each artist puts their own spin on this popular style that offers tranquillity and resolution to modern interiors.

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Artwork, Certain Uncertainties (2020) by Marisa Purcell in Northbridge House by Nina Maya Interiors | Photography by Felix Forest

Wilma Tabacco

Italian-born artist Wilma Tabacco explores the surface of the canvas through minimalist forms. Inspired by her heritage, lines carve the composition into active and negative space, drawing out linage between modern art and western European archaeology and history. Wilma moved to Australia as a child and has been exhibiting and practising art since the early 1980s.

Peter Summers

Peter Summers uses layers of colour to achieve an effect of reduction in his abstract paintings. Opaque and translucent oil paint render the viewer into a dreamy state of contemplation in soft pinks and yellows or deep purples and blues — the hues blending effortlessly. Peter invites the viewer into the art’s aura, pulling the audience closer to observe the technique in a careful balance of light and texture. 

Phoebe Halpin

Sydney-based artist Phoebe Halpin applies a process of delicate mark-making for her black and white minimalist artworks. Texture and shape adorn the surface of the canvas as the artist interprets the landscape around her. With the link not first obvious, with names like ‘Black Cockatoos’ and ‘White Plains’, the paintings are distinctly Australian.

Antonia Sellbach

Using the canvas in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms, Antonia Sellbach’s minimalist artworks adorn the surface with geometric lines in a muted tonal palette. For the Melbourne-based artist, the gesture to negative space in modular composition embodies her research in erasure, de-binarized space, the in-between, and language games.

Liam Stevens

Based in London, minimalist artist Liam Stevens reflects the grey and cloud-filled days into artworks of monochrome magic. The canvases glisten through a grid-like formation that allows for subtle hints of light, akin to the sun peeking out between an overcast sky. “The light is often subdued and fragile, which influences the impressions I take in,” Liam shares. 

Carol Batchelor

Challenging the scope of minimalist art with her gestural abstracts, Carol Batchelor reveals the effect in a muted palette and soft mark making. The Melbourne-based artist offers a visceral evocation through her paintings, each occupying a direct engagement with the hand that crafts them. Carol’s practice translates into interiors with her series of wallpapers to fully immerse the owner within the transcending works. 

Danica Firulovic

In minimalism’s favourite colour, Sydney-based Danica Firulovic layers white paint in cubes of repetition. The restrained tones are constructed in an ode to tranquil symmetry. The artist reminds the audience to take a moment to appreciate the depth and switch off from the digital world. 

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Fernando Cuetara, “Untitled” (2019) in Hamptons House by Workshop/APD | Photography by Allyson Lubow and Read McKendree

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