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Comic Tragics


Thu 21 Jul 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 22 Jul 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 23 Jul 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 24 Jul 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 25 Jul 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Art Gallery of WA

An international multi-media exploration of the inner life of the comic artist and their incredibly intense, personal and affecting comic works that connect with audiences in unexpected and powerful ways.

Comic Tragics looks at the relationships between words and picture, self and society. Chance and observations about life come to light through the merging of image and words in this moving exploration of new forms of comic and graphic art.

The exhibition has been developed by Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art, Robert Cook, and presents some of the best comic artists at work in the world today: Gabrielle Bell (US), Stephen Collins (UK), Aisha Franz (Ger), Anders Nilsen (US), Tommi Parrish (AUS), John Porcellino (US), Ron Rege Jr (US), Dash Shaw (US) and Emma Talbot (UK).

Comic Tragics contains a range of personal stories told through comic and graphic art. They are unguarded explorations of hope, heartbreak, passion and anxiety. Each artist's practice deals with the struggle of what it means to be human. Their artworks step beyond the superhero into the super personal, and sometimes the hyperreal, as the artists push the medium of printed comics in new and challenging directions.

Works are presented in various stages of completion from rough sketch to fully inked, through sketchbooks, finished comic pages, paintings and video, allowing an intimate understanding of their artistic processes.

Image credit - Anders Nilsen
Captain American resting 2008 (detail)
ink on paper
125.7 x 95.3 cm
Collection the artist
© Anders Nilsen