Photo exhibition of painters is a masterstroke

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Photo exhibition of painters is a masterstroke


5 April 2012

5 April 2012

A nationally touring exhibition, STUDIO: Australian Painters Photographed by R. Ian Lloyd, will open at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery at 6pm on Thursday 19 April.

It will be officially opened by USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill during a ceremony that will feature an address by one of the featured artists, Angus Niven.

The exhibition also has a book and DVD that were developed out of a project to showcase 61 of Australia’s most prominent painters working in their own studio environments. It was originally shown at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

National Geographic photographer R. Ian Lloyd and Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald spent three years travelling more than 50,000km to photograph and interview highly respected artists from all over Australia.

Mr McDonald said the project aimed 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.

“Perhaps the most striking picture is the one that appears on the cover of the book, showing Luke Sciberras in his battered old shed at Hill End. The photo was taken at 2am on a dark and stormy night by the light of a 40 watt bulb.”

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said the artist’s studio was often considered to be a deeply mysterious place.

“These stunning photographs, however, allow us a closer, more personal, look into the happenings of the creative process,” she said. “The studios vary from the pristine and gleaming white workspace of Marion Borgelt to the ‘monumental clutter’ of Margaret Olley’s Paddington terrace.

“This is such a great exhibition and a fantastic opportunity to look into the realm of the artist. We are very excited to have one of the artists profiled, Angus Niven, present at the opening night.”

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

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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