Sicilian Arabesques II


Stephen McLaughlan Gallery
Level 8 Room16 Nicholas Building
37 Swanston St Melbourne 3000
On the corner of Flinders Lane

Opening 2pm-4pm Saturday October 28

Exhibition October 25 - November 11 2006

Gallery Hours Wednesday to Friday 1pm-5pm Saturday 11am-5pm and by appointment 0407 317 323

Download PDF: Review, Penny Webb, The Age, Friday November 10, 2002

Sicilian Arabesques II - Paul Zika

The Sicilian Arabesques are a series of constructed ornate paintings that draw on an eclectic array of Sicilian decorative sources - continuing the tradition of the arabesque in conjuring a new ornamental hybrid.

The starting point was a particular ceiling design in Villa Niscemi (Palermo): a quirky scheme that combines a mix of gilded geometry and floral embellishments.

This second phase employs an asymetrical format in the investigation of new pictorial spatial dynamics.


1. Niscemi 7 2006
Acrylic on Wood
1220 x 805 x 60mm

2. Niscemi 4 2005
Acrylic on Wood
1200 x 900 x 60mm

3. Niscemi 5 2005
Acrylic on Wood
895 x 1210 x 60mm

4. Niscemi 6 2005
Acrylic on Wood
950 x 1020 x 60mm

5. Niscemi 8 2006
Acrylic on Wood
1020 x 1060 x 60mm

6. Niscemi 9 2006
Acrylic on Wood
1030 x 1005 x 60mm

Sizes are nominal, with height indicated first

This project has been assisted by the University of Tasmania.