Suzanne Archer | Elisabeth Cummings | Robert Hirschmann | Roy Jackson | Ildiko Kovacs | John Peart
Guest curator: Sioux Garside
RAW Wedderburn brings together paintings spanning four decades by six distinguished Australian artists: Suzanne Archer (1945-), Elisabeth Cummings (1934-), Robert Hirschmann (1968-), Roy Jackson (1944-2013), Ildiko Kovacs (1962-) and John Peart (1946-2013).
Visceral and vibrant with an emphasis on raw, direct brush marks, the exhibition highlights an expressionist current in contemporary Australian painting. In the artists’ distinctive approaches to painting, curator Sioux Garside foregrounds a common drive to experiment and investigate, constantly pushing their work and striving to move in surprising directions: “keeping it all flowing, fluid and happening”, as she quotes the late Roy Jackson.
The exhibition includes large-scale, expansive paintings, as well as smaller canvases and works on paper, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. Many of the works in the exhibition were completed while the artists were in studios in close proximity to each other, on bush properties in Wedderburn on the outskirts of Sydney.
Exhibition opening: Saturday 23 June, 3-5pm, with guest speaker Anne Ryan, Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Exhibition dates: 24 June – 5 August, 2018
Gallery talk: Sunday 22 July, 3pm, Sioux Garside in conversation with Suzanne Archer
Image: Roy Jackson, Morning Thurra River campsite 1993, acrylic on canvas, 146.5 x 173cm. Photo: Stephen Oxenbury