Big scope : painting and place

14 December 2012 – 3 February 2013

This exhibition is large in scale, ambitious in concept and poignantly individual in context. The exhibition presents paintings by eight contemporary artists from around Australia – Robert Boynes, Peter Daverington, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori,
Una Rey, Gordon Rintoul, Paul Uhlmann, John R Walker and Catherine Woo. The selected artworks give insight into each artist’s particular exploration of land, place and identity through presenting the broader conceptual and material possibilities encompassing aesthetic, ceremonial, economic, familial, historical, political, spiritual and scientific standpoints. The scale of the paintings is impactful and impressive; their sheer size and scope allowing us a rare and physical engagement with the work. In each case, the artists bring a deep knowledge and commitment to the physicality of painting. The saturated fields of colour, deeply glazed, scratched, scraped, and poured surfaces cannot but fail to excite the senses.

A gallery project curated by Rob Cleworth

[image right, detail] Robert Boynes Black Rain 1995, acrylic on canvas 220 x 163cm, image courtesy the artist and Brenda May Gallery, Sydney © the artist

AArtwork: Robert Boynes Black Rain 1995 (detail) © the artist