Thursday, July 12, 2012

S.H. Ervin Gallery - Not The Way Home: 13 Artist's Paint The Desert

After a much needed hiatus and relocating the Sixtoeight office to the Blue Mountains I get to start a new chapter in my life with this clean clear mountain air and I have a studio for the first time in decades to really spread my wings and start a new body of work for my next show.

Not The Way Home: 13 Artist’s Paint The Desert was the brain child of Artist Profile Editor Owen Craven, he and Windsor & Newton packed up 13 painters, sculptors and drawers from their everyday routine and transplanted them into the arid unforgiving landscape of Fowlers Gap. Each and everyone of them had been placed here for the sole purpose of extracting their immediate response to this desolate landscape.

It would have been really interesting to have been a fly on the wall during dinner or hovering around the Artist’s while they made their art. A wonderful experiment in understanding what the Artist process is and what comes out of it.

As I wandered through the exhibition I could sense the intensity of that dry landscape as it leaped off the numerous canvas’s and works on paper.

 Margaret Ackland, Elisabeth Cummings, Merran Esson, Joe Frost, Alan Jones, Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Ross Laurie, Steve Lopes, Euan MacLeod, Idris Murphy, Amanda Penrose Hart, Peter Sharp and Guy Warren have created a diverse narrative in revealing to us their wonderful take on the most harshest of surroundings.

If I wore a hat I would take it off to Owen as this Art world needs more people like Owen Craven.

Fleur MacDonald

25th May - 1st July 2012

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