These six artists explore the ideas, motifs and images from influential Australian artists, such as George Lambert, Ian Fairweather, Sydney Nolan and Albert Tucker, singling out works they feel they have a relationship with, examining them according to their own artistic practices.
Reinterpreting figurative artworks produced by cherished Australian artists of yesteryear in the hope that we may better understand their personal development and commitment to advancing Australian artworks on a world stage.
Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 2 June 2017 at Umbrella Contemporary Arts Studio, Townsville, QLD. Daniel Butterworth, Adam Cusack, Louisa Ennis-Thomas, Nicholas Bruce Plowman, Julie Poulsen and Joel Rea propose to bring together an exhibition of work which explores ideas, motifs and images from key Australian figurative artists. Their purpose is to forge a link between their contemporary art practices and the iconic artworks created by artists such as George Lambert, Ian Fairweather, Sydney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker, Brett Whitely etc.
“We grew up with these images, they shaped our idea of what it is to be an Australian artist, so it’s crucial we better understand what it took to create them” – adam cusack
The artists will single out artworks they feel they personally have a ‘relationship’ with and respond figuratively. Using the guise of homage, they will discuss the ethical, political and social narratives that define Australian-ness according to their own artistic practices.