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24 May – 2 June 2024
The Lennox – 208 Lennox Street, Richmond

As part of the highly successful NotFair Art Fair 2023, NotFair board-member Helen Bogdan offered her own salon-style gallery space, The Lennox, to three artists of her choice to hold an expenses-free exhibition, in 2024.

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A Grimoire is a book of magic that contains symbols, incantations, charms, and instructions for invocations and the making of amulets. It refers to Cassidy, exploration of the metaphysical spaces between the visible and the invisible, creating friction between seduction and repulsion, astonishment and dread, dream and nightmare, delicacy, and brutality. There is in all his works an aesthetic of dissonance that translates into images that are both intense and vulnerable, with a twilight beauty. His work displays an irreducible fascination with the hidden world of the occult which emerges in a sometimes Manichean world view describing the struggle between a spiritual world °flight and a lesser, material world of darkness.

Rowan E Cassidy attended the National Art School in Sydney, Australia and also studied communication design at James Cook University. After a career spanning more than fifteen years working in feature film in Australia and Los Angeles, he returned to the visual arts and for the past decade he has been working and exhibiting in Bali, Indonesia.

"Discovering Rowan E Cassidy was like discovering a hidden gem. Living in a remote part of Bali, much of his artistic expression is a reflection of his inner ER and interest in the mystical and philosophical realms of om existence — remaining untouched by peer pressure. He i3 3 much deserving Lennox Award recipient; his works have a unique quality, both raw and deeply emotive and instantly prompt the observer to look beyond the visual boundaries. Spellbinding indeed."

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Anne Runhardt - Chair NotFair Art Foundation

'The Lennox Award judges praised Cassidy's work at NotFair for, for its singularity and poignant approach to NotFair 2023 theme: Alchemy. "Cassidy's works are mesmerizing and bring an international allure to the show. We see him go Far." the judges said.

The Lennox Award is generously sponsored by NotFair, Founding board member Helen Bogdan, with the aim to help un-represented artists to fulfill the, career aspirations.

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