USC Gallery celebrates Rex Backhaus-Smith

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USC Gallery celebrates Rex Backhaus-Smith

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Published on 16 November 2012

16 November 2012

An exciting new exhibition by renowned regional artist Rex Backhaus-Smith will open at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery at 6pm on Thursday 29 November.

The exhibition Rex Backhaus-Smith: Painting Life will present a combination of new and older works by Mr Backhaus-Smith, based on his visits to outback Australia.

The Queensland-born and Sunshine Coast-based artist has had a professional career spanning more than 40 years.

He has exhibited widely over many years, including several major international exhibitions. His works are held in corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas and in the University of the Sunshine Coast’s collection.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said many lovers of landscape painting would be familiar with Mr Backhaus-Smith’s work.

“Rex weaves dream-like stories into his paintings with a lyrical surrealism in the hope that others share his enduring passion for the land,” Ms Oelrich said.

“Using figures, colour, symbols and a little humour, he entices the viewer by sharing his outback experiences. He has a wonderfully colourful way of bringing stories to life, sometimes symbolically, sometimes realistically.”

The exhibition will be on display from Thursday 29 November to Thursday 20 December at the USC Gallery.

The Gallery is located at the University campus, 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 proudly supported by The Proost-De Deyne family, owners of Big Kart Track Sunshine Coast.

Terry Walsh

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