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Published on 19 April 2012

20 April 2012

A touring photographic exhibition of Australia’s top artists at work in their own studios is now on display at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery.

The exhibition, STUDIO: Australian Painters Photographed by R. Ian Lloyd, is the result of a project by National Geographic photographer R. Ian Lloyd and Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald.

The duo spent three years travelling more than 50,000km to photograph and interview 61 of Australia’s most prominent painters.

The exhibition was originally shown at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and includes a book and a DVD.

The USC’s Co-op Bookshop will have the accompanying book and DVD for sale during the exhibition, which will be on display at the USC Gallery from 19 April to 2 June.

Mr McDonald said the aim of the project was to discover how artists think and work, and to provide the public with an intimate insight into the artists’ working processes.

“For an artist, the studio is the engine room of their creativity,” he said. “It is both the playground and prison cell … the place where long days are spent wrestling with the muse.”

The exhibition was officially opened by USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill during a ceremony that featured an address by one of the featured artists, Angus Nivison.

The USC Gallery is located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, but is closed Sundays and public holidays.

The 2012 University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery exhibition program is supported by The Proost De Deyne Family, owners of Big Kart Track Sunshine Coast.

— Terry Walsh

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