Basil Antonas


'Time Feel' opens Fri 2 Feb 2024 at Zig Zag Gallery

Time Feel: the subjective impression of time and the emotional quality of a rhythm.

The oil paintings in 'Time Feel' were created over two years and inspired by the sounds of contemporary jazz. From a single soulful note to a powerful cacophony, the spontaneous, improvised creative sounds push the limits of self-expression.

The result is a series of large energy filled abstract landscapes with intricate details - what at first seem like random joyous shapes untite on their canvas to form striking rhythms and beats.

Arist and Printmaker

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Basil has exhibited in solo exhibitions and group shows locally and internationally. 

Basil paints with expression and movement - catalysed by exploring spontaneous and refined tactile forms and the use of colour to capture a sense of place or to create landscapes unknown. Using oils and acrylics across canvas and board, his works hold fine textural details which give them depth and tangibility.

He also produces limited-edition prints which are inspired by his painting process and studio life. In a small but positive gesture to support the environment Basil aims for a sustainable art practice. He etches, shaves and sculpts used oil and acrylic paint materials to compose unique abstracts - elevating excess and detritus to art. These dynamic landscapes are then photographed and printed locally on sustainably sourced archival cotton rag paper.

Basil's works hang across Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Italy. His piece
 'Rawness' was awarded best Painting Open Theme at the 2017 Cossack Art Awards, Western Australia's richest regional acquisitive art award.




2017 WINNER Painting Open Theme for 'Rawness', Cossack Art Awards 2017

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Abstractions, Orangery Gallery, Shenton Park WA
2018 Artist in Residence, Bishop's House for Perth Winter Arts Festival, Perth WA
2018 Lamont's Winery, Swan Valley WA
2017 Bivouac, Northbridge WA
Monofoni, Preservation Gallery, West Perth WA
2014 popupart, Onsite Design, Perth WA
2014 Featured artist at Empire, Highgate WA
2009 Gadfly Gallery at Country Road, Perth WA

Group Exhibitions & Collaborations

2022 Featured Artist - Karvan Coffee
Cossack Art Awards, Cossack WA - WINNER Painting Open Theme
2017 Mandjar Art Award, Mandurah WA
2013 Control & Chaos, Montefiasconi, Italy