Cups of tea, painting in the countryside, the wool price is good, things are good “back home” in England, Robert Menzies’ Academy of Australian Art is building exaggeration, true, but the late 1930s to early 1940s provided the perfect environment for new ideas and different values.
Enter “Angry Penguins”: named after the Adelaide magazine published by a young Max Harris, the artists whose core group of Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester were occasionally complemented in idea and image by members of the Contemporary Art Society.
The time was ripe for change and the fuel came from Europe and America - surrealism and modern poetry. It was going well until the Ern Malley hoax.
Ironically, many of the same artists formed the “Antipodeans” - a group of artists reacting to the “threat” of abstract images from America and Europe. This show is a celebration of works within the Benalla Art Gallery’s own collection and of a time when every painting had a story to tell.
The CCP Documentary Photography Award is a biennial showcase of contemporary Australian documentary photography. It represents a unique, national initiative in support of documentary photography, providing a rare opportunity to assess the themes, styles and ideas that characterise this fascinating genre.
Charlotte Reynolds is a regional artist whose photographic images capture a blend of the immediacy of the moment and the formal elegance of traditional compositions seen in paintings.
‘On Any Day’ brings local pastimes of work, play and whiling away the day forward in sharp focus, sensitively informed by a knowledge of and feeling for classical artistic values.
In this joint exhibition, great friends and fellow artists Ivan Durrant and Tony Flint explore photography and inkjet printing colours in a confronting and at times nightmarish, out-of-focus vision. While Ivan examines the power of horse-racing, Tony explores dark moods of abandoned rural buildings.
Annemieke Mein’s artworks are unashamedly inspired by nature. Birds, flowers, the regeneration of life forms, the seasons, sun and moon can all be found in this exhibition.
Always popular and in demand, Annamieke’s work brings meticulous needlework, drawing skills and a love of nature together, transforming and blending them together in an original and compelling vision of the natural world.
Each subject is researched, drawn, planned for colour and production, and then the hours of commitment and fine judgement begin. When the artwork is complete, we are completely unaware of the inspiration and labour, we are transported directly to the wonder the artist is sharing.
An important exhibition of work by Victorian ceramic artist, Judy Lorraine.
This exhibition will feature works by past and present students and teachers from Benalla College to celebrate the Centenary of the college.
RAD VCE 2011 is a regional final year VCE artwork exhibition from a selection of VCE art, studio art and design graduates. This exhibition is an opportunity to give a voice to regional young people responding to their final year at school and to celebrate their artistic talents.
The extraordinary work by Tim Maguire “Poppies” is welcomed to the collection by all the other flower paintings the gallery holds. From botanical studies to bookplates, over-mantel ornaments to modernist announcements, flowers provide the subject for a wealth of human expression, all here for consideration.
Tim Maguire effortlessly trumps the pack in terms of vision and realisation. The vast wall of poppies weave freely in the primordial light, lush vibrantly and replete with nature.
The landscape has been an enduring subject in the history of Australia art and vital to the on-going formation of images of a national identity. Within this tradition Spirit in the Land explores the connection between eleven Australian artists, historical and contemporary, indigenous and non-indigenous, and their special appreciation and engagement to the spiritual ethos and power of the land.