Surrealism just couldn't work on GPS, could it?

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 May, 2007, 12:00am

French surrealist artist Richard Texier flew in from Paris for the opening of his exhibition, Paintings on Chinese Nautical Charts, part of the celebrations for Le French May. Using watercolours, he doodles nautical instruments on to old nautical maps of China to convey perhaps the nostalgia and mysteries of the world.

It's good to have history, really, and old maps, because I just don't think you could get that level of haunting imagery on to a GPS system.

As well as painting, Texier in his time has made a sword and, during the 1980s, he liked to gather driftwood, pieces of corroded zinc and scraps of rusty iron to inspire and sustain his work.

Paintings on Chinese Nautical Charts - New Work, by Richard Texier, is at Alisan Fine Arts, 315 Prince's Building, Central, until June 23.