A Maitland Regional Art Gallery Touring Exhibition, the exhibition presents the work of George Baldessin (1939-1978), one of Australia’s most influential and important printmakers from the 1960's and 70’s.
The exhibition was curated by Tess Edwards Baldessin and it includes a selection of prints and drawings that show the development of Baldessin’s various themes as well as his very individual style.
From his first small etchings of circus performers and Fellini-esque characters, his work developed in scope and scale, passing through the “Personage”, “Factory Smoke”, “Magdalene” and “Emblems” series. Baldessin combines and re-combines different elements to make new narratives and conceptual meaning.
The pear becomes the woman, the hat the emblem, and the emblem the woman again. This creative “play” is indicative of Baldessin’s huge talent and confidence beyond his artistic years.
This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.
Image: George, BALDESSIN, Performers with Bicycles, 17.1 x 24.8cm, etching and aquatint, 1964 (detail)