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Painting As An Artform - After


Wed 4 Nov 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 5 Nov 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 6 Nov 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 7 Nov 2015, 11:00am–3:00pm
Sun 8 Nov 2015, 11:00am–3:00pm

Where: Mundaring Arts Centre, 7190 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: cstroud

“Why paint in this day and age of all possible virtual realities?” curator and artist Anna Sabadini explains that relevant art needs to respond to its times, but in times where everything is of the now, there is an argument for the value of the past as a touchstone for quality, depth, richness and integrity.

To explore this further through 'Painting As An Artform', Sabadini has invited painters recognized for their exploration of media and materiality, to develop ideas in three parts across 4 atelier-type sessions over the past year. On show from 3 October to 8 November at Mundaring Arts Centre, the first part, 'After', interprets the work of another artist, with painters Mel Dare translating the works of Édouard Manet; George Haynes, Giorgione; Nigel Hewitt, Frederick McCubbin; Ben Joel, Larry Poons; Bec Juniper, Norman Lindsay; David Ledger, Diego Velázquez; Lesley Munro, Anish Kapoor; Felicity Sivewright, Philip Taaffe and Henri Matisse; and Anna Sabadini, Édouard Vuillard and Nancy Crow.

“By making work after other painters we express admiration and awe for the achievements of previous generations which continue to astonish, move, feed and renew us. To be relevant, art must always respond to its times, but to be more than superficial, to have longevity, it must absorb and renew itself from a deeper context.” Anna Sabadini

With the renewed hunger for learning and talking about tradition, craft, process and materiality and the decline of availability of skills-specific learning, the loss of studio and exhibition spaces and an increasing focus on theory and online learning, there is less opportunity now to learn specific skills and to absorb the solidarity experienced amongst a medium-specific group of peers and lecturers. It was for these reasons that Sabadini wanted to work with a number of committed painters over a longer period, coming together and sharing this language and passion.

On Sunday 8 November, 1- 2.30 pm, Anna Sabadini, Felicity Sivewright, Lesley Munro, David Ledger, Ben Joel, Bec Juniper, Nigel Hewitt and Mel Dare discuss the question, ‘What does painting have to offer today?’ and the journey from curatorial concept to the presentation of this exhibition. They share their insights into the tradition of painting, their inspiration, techniques and the discoveries made through the collaborative series of workshops to create work for the show (bookings essential).

“Materiality and tradition cannot be separated from each other… As painters we live for the conscious act of seeing and conceptualising through paint as material, and through Painting as tradition and conversation.” - Anna Sabadini

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