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MODERN AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES, 1940S-1960S: WORKS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA ART COLLECTION

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This exhibition explores the modern landscape tradition in Australian art, through works in the University of Western Australia Art Collection. It features paintings by Elise Blumann, Sam Fullbrook, Audrey Greenhalgh, Guy Grey-Smith, Godfrey Miller, Sidney Nolan, John Passmore, Howard Taylor and Fred Williams.

During the post-war period, many Australian artists were attracted to landscape painting as a means of exploring the ideas and technical innovations associated with modern art. Formal experimentation can be seen in the use of bold bands of colour which compress the compositional space, or in the repetition of quasi-abstract brush marks which create an impression of the land, full of vitality and energy.

Many paintings emphasise the underlying structures of the bush – distilling the essential elements of nature. Working beyond conventional definitions of the genre, and conveying something of the experience of being in the land, artists such as Howard Taylor integrated the materials of nature into their artworks, as in Bush Structure, 1963, made of sheoak and jarrah.

ENQUIRIES
PHONE: (+61 8) 6488 3707
EMAIL: lwag@uwa.edu.au

Website: http://www.lwgallery.uwa.edu.au/

When?

Saturday, May 05 – Saturday, August 18

Where?

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia

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