A McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park & NETS Victoria touring exhibition
The landscape has been an enduring subject in the history of Australia art and vital to the on-going formation of images of a national identity. Within this tradition Spirit in the Land explores the connection between eleven Australian artists, historical and contemporary, indigenous and non-indigenous, and their special appreciation and engagement to the spiritual ethos and power of the land.
Unearthing shared themes and cultural exchanges this exhibition brings together key paintings and sculptures by some of Australia’s most influential artists, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, John Davis, Russell Drysdale, Rosalie Gascoigne, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Dorothy Napangardi, Sidney Nolan, John Olsen, Lin Onus, Rover Thomas and Fred Williams. Over 40 works will be drawn from private, state and public gallery collections throughout Australia.
Spirit in the Land at Araluen Arts Centre
Spirit in the Land at McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park
Fred Williams Boab trees, Kimberley's 1981
Oil on canvas , Courtesy of the Estate of Fred Williams, Melbourne
Sidney Nolan Unnamed ridge, Central Australia 1949
Oil and enamel paint on composition board, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, The Joseph Brown Collection, Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2004
Russell Drysdale The crow trap 1941
Oil on fibro-cement panel, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New South Wales, Gift of Dr Roland Pope, 1945
Russell Drysdale Broken mountain 1950
Oil on canvas, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by the National Australia Bank Limited, Honorary Life Benefactor, 1990
Rover Thomas Gula Gula (Manking) 1989
Earth pigments and natural binders on canvas, The Janet Holmes à Court Gallery Collection, Perth, Purchased 1989, Reproduced courtesy of Warmun Art Centre
This exhibition was supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia. The tour and development of this exhibition was supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria (now Creative Victoria ) and the Community Support Fund.