Ann Debono


Born 1989 Maitland, Lives and works in Melbourne

For Ann Debono, representational paintings are uniquely paradoxical objects. Her paintings meld realism with abstraction to explore the condition of an image as it stands in relation to the visible world. For Debono, visible phenomena around her seem to flutuate between two poles: of latency and potency, silence and speech, illegibility and legibility, without ever touching and fusing with either extreme. Her choice of imagery exemplifies this fluctuation: a shattered window pane, photos from a book or marks on a concrete footpath, all vying for precedence.
As the viewers eye navigates these compositions the artist questions their reflections on what is significant in the world. Debono's paintings also provide a glimpse into the artists process of viewing, and the aesthetic potentiality of imagery she observes in her everyday environment. These paintings attempt to transmit an image of the world as a field of infinite regression of images behind images through which some spectral 'real' is evacuating.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art (first class honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015, Debono has been in a number of solo and group exhibitions. These include: Awled, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2017; Dehiscence, KINGS ARI, Melbourne, 2016; Painting Revealed, Sutton Projects, 2016; Upaithric, CAVES Gallery, Melbourne, 2015; Work, Slopes, Melbourne, 2014 and the Majilis Travelling Scholarship Prize, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2014. Ann Debono was a 2017 finalist in the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize.


CV Ann Debono 2018

Artwork by Ann Debono

Neon Marienbad, 2017
acrylic and oil on linen
121 x 88cm