Exhibition 'Kakadu, an artist's perspective'

Type: 
Events
Date and Location
Date: 
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 10:00am to Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 5:30pm
Location: 
Mitchell Fine Art Gallery
86 Arthur Street
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Australia

In  June  of  this  year  five  renowned  Australian  artists  travelled  to  a  remote  location  in  Kakadu  in  the Northern  Territory  to  participate  in  a  week  long  artist’s  camp.  It  is  the  same  site  where  recently found  artefacts  show  that  Aboriginal  people  have  lived  in  Australia  for  18,000  years  longer  than previously  estimated. 

 

Mike  Mitchell,  Director  of  Mitchell  Fine  Art,  organised  the  trip  to  inspire  the  artists  with  some  of the  most  exquisite  landscape  that  Australia  has  to  offer,  while  providing  them  the  opportunity  to engage  with  the  Aboriginal  traditional  owners. 
Participating  artists  include  Steve  Lopes,  Franck  Gohier,  Euan  Macleod,  Peter  Hudson  and  Christine Christophersen. Travelling  to  Western  Arnhem  land  the  group  spent  time  with  traditional  owners  and  their  families exploring  the  country,  visiting  rarely  seen  rock  art  and  scenery  and  learning  about  the  area  and  the immense  significance  of  country  for  the  local  Aboriginal  people. 
What  followed  was  a  week  of  plein  air  painting  (French  for  painting  outdoors)  in  and  around 
Arnhem  Land.  It  resulted  in  a  body  of  work  that  is  an  immediate  reaction  to  the  landscape,  inspired by  the  experiences  and  observations  of  the  world’s  oldest  culture  in  a  place  unchanged  over thousands  of  years.  

 

The  group  witnessed  snippets  of  a  lifestyle  and  culture  that  goes  beyond  recorded  memory. 
Aboriginal  rock  art  depicting  Thylacines  (Tasmanian  Tigers),  ceremony  and  the  mail  plane  from  the 1930’s  shows  a  pictorial  history  of  the  area.  This  all  had  a  profound  effect  of  this  group  of  artists and  is  reflected  in  the  artworks  produced. 

 

The  exhibition  ‘Kakadu’  opens  6pm  September  1st,  with  some  of  the  participating  artists  in 
attendance.  An  Artist  Talk  will  be  held  in  the  gallery  on  Saturday  Sept  2nd  from  2pm. 
The  exhibition  is  showing  at  Mitchell  Fine  Art,  86  Arthur  St  Fortitude  Valley,  Brisbane  from  August 30th  until  September  23rd.

 

The  gallery  can  be  followed  on  Facebook  or  Instagram  or  sign  up  to  the  gallery's  mailing  list  via  the website.
To  view  all  works  in  the  exhibition  online  visit  www.mitchellfineartgallery.com.  

 

For   media   enquiries,   interviews   and   high   resolution   images   please   email 
gallery@mitchellfineartgallery.com  or  phone  (07)  3254  2297. 

Contact Details
Contact Person: 
Michell Fine Art Gallery
Phone: 
(07) 3254 2297
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