The Salon presents an extensive experience of the Benalla Art Gallery collection. An amazing array of works from the Collection, including paintings, prints, drawings, decorative arts and furniture, are displayed in a 19th century salon style.
Image: Grace Cossington Smith (1892 – 1984)
Garden. Grey Morning 1947, oil on cardboard. Ledger Gift, 1981
Jennifer Paull’s paintings speak about the beauty that exists in the play of light and colour. Her dramatic images of people, places and objects are rendered in rich colours which vibrate with luminosity and movement.
Image: Jennifer Paull, Oriental pots, 2016
Australian exotica showcases photographic work that engages with the theme of the exotic antipodes.
Ever since the fifteenth century, when European cartographers began including the contour of Terra Australis Incognita (‘the unknown land of the south’) in their speculative maps of the globe, the continent of Australia has been thought of as an exotic place. For many of the artists in this exhibition, this European vision is something that needs to be subverted and critiqued. For others, the idea of living in an eccentric environment, with surreal undertows, continues to inform a distinctively Australian sense of place.
Artists include: Brook Andrew Michael Cook, Destiny Deacon, Peter Dombrovskis, Marian Drew, Leah King-Smith, Joseph McGlennon, Tracey Moffatt, Darren Siwes, Robyn Stacey and Christian Bumbarra Thompson.
Australian Exotica is a touring exhibition organised by the MGA.
Image: Peter Dombrovskis, Lake Oberon, Western Arthur Range, south-west Tasmania 1988.
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the estate of Peter Dombrovskis.