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George Baldessin's work Performers with Bicycles

19 September 2013

Works by influential Australian printmaker George Baldessin will be featured in one of two exhibitions to be officially opened at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery on Thursday 26 September at 6.30pm.

Creative Power: The Art of George Baldessin, a Maitland Regional Gallery touring exhibition, will be officially opened by Tess Edwards Baldessin, curator of the exhibition and wife of the late artist.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said George Baldessin was a painter, sculptor and printmaker who had enormous energy.Ray Coffey Ernie 140X220

“From his first small etchings of circus performers to his ‘Factory Smoke’ series he combines then re-combines different elements to tell new stories,” she said.

“Baldessin’s work has been collected by all major art galleries in Australia including the iconic Pears 1973, a landmark bronze sculpture that stands at the entrance of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

“This exhibition includes a selection of prints and drawings that show the development of the artist’s various themes.”  

Ms Oelrich said the second exhibition, Ray Coffey: Homeless Series, was by emerging Brisbane artist Raymond Coffey.

“Ray’s exquisite charcoal and pencil portraits are the result of time spent in conversation with homeless men and women in Brisbane,” she said.

“The portraits are extraordinary and heart-wrenching because the artist has captured the subject’s vulnerability.”

Both exhibitions will be at the USC Gallery from Thursday 19 September until Saturday 26 October.

The 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.

— Terry Walsh

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