In a letter to fellow painter Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton described his experience at the summer painting camp he had set up on the outskirts of Melbourne in the late 1880s:
‘I sit here in the upper circle surrounded by copper and gold, and smile with joy under my fly net as all the light, glory and quivering brightness passes slowly and freely before my eyes.’
This exhibition celebrates the passion many artists share for the Australian landscape and the special quality of light which they strive to capture. A Quivering Brightness presents landscapes and views from the Benalla Art Gallery Collection dating from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, and includes works by many of Australia’s most highly regarded artists.
Image: Penleigh Boyd, Portsea, oil on board, 1921. Gift of E.E. Ledger 1975.
Saturday 20 May, 10-4pm (1 hr lunch): Landscape painting class with artist Julie Guppy
The Body’s Terrain explores the strength, vulnerability and sensuousness of the naked body in relation to nature, land and environment.
Our physical impermanence and processes of change and decay are contrasted to the exquisite surfaces of skin glistening, glowing and exposed in the elements. A broad range of artistic approaches, from sensual and erotic to humorous and confronting, are depicted.
The exhibition includes iconic Australian photography by Olive Cotton and David Moore as well as work by Petrina Hicks, Tim Silver, Julie Rrap, Mike Parr, Patricia Piccinini, Bill Henson, Janina Green, Craig Holmes, Julie Reisberg and Norman Lindsay.
The Body’s Terrain has been generously supported by Ten Cubed, Monash Gallery of Art and private lenders.
Image: Petrina Hicks, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin.
Taking its title from an artwork by Leah King Smith, Patterns of Connection features the work of Indigenous artists from the Benalla Art Gallery Collection.
Indigenous art is often political, and several of these artists address contentious issues including representation, racism, religious influence and the exploitation of land. Others express their identity and connection with the land by representing ancestral stories, traditions and ceremonies.
The exhibition includes works by Brook Andrew, Destiny Deacon, Fiona Foley, Leah King-Smith, Gordon Bennett, Gloria Tamerre Petyarre and Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula.
Image: Leah King Smith, Untitled No. 11 from the Patterns of Connection series, 1991, cibachrome photograph. Benalla Art Gallery Collection. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency, Sydney