Madeline Kidd at The Narrows

Madeline Kidd, 'Grapes and Pearls', 2008

Leg of Lamb has been indulging in the smooth sounds of yacht rock recently (you can listen to a prime example of the genre here).¬† How fortuitous then, to catch Madeline Kidd’s exhibition Cruise Collection at The Narrows.

Brightly coloured and¬†highly decorative, Kidd’s paintings are¬†filled with glamorous ’80s-style imagery – think¬†resorts, poolside parties and all the trimmings.¬† In the flyer that accompanies the exhibition Kidd describes the exhibition as ‘A painted world of breeziness, lightness and ease.¬† Chocolate wrappers and Prada, cocktails and cool wine, desire and appetite are the favourite things’.¬† Despite this celebration of all things fabulous, the¬†physical flatness of the¬†paintings hints at the superficiality of such decadent scenarios.

Neverthless, you should indulge.¬†¬†¬†Take the artist’s advice and: ‘lie back, put your shades on, sip your cocktail…and take in that view.’

Madeline Kidd, Cruise Collection, The Narrows, 2/141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne until April 9.

Madeline Kidd at The Narrows