Born in Zimbabwe, based in Sydney and now more recently in Hong Kong, Standing's iconic and haunting paintings have developed along a complex path of progression. Driven by an innate compulsion to paint, Standing explores tension felt by a personal search for identity, embodied by complexities felt by a mass consciousness - one which has been left with toxic traces of colonialism.
For this is what packs such a punch in Standing's work - the other -worldly layering of textures and imagery which evoke a surreal clarity in the viewer. Standing's recent eerie yet peaceful paintings use a palette and compositional platform, mixed with sinister imagery, to explore the tensions felt between light and dark; comfort and discomfort; a sense of belonging and a sense of void.
His works have been shown extensively throughout Australia and have also been included in prominent Australian art prizes, as well as a commission work for The Groucho Club in London, a nominee for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, and acquired by Artbank in Australia. His work has also been exhibited in New York, London, Holland, Hong Kong, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
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