A complex life remembered
Lindsay Cameron-Smith was a complex man whose release was painting, according to historian Kathryn Spurling who discovered a shopping trolley of paintings in the back of an auction house and recognised his work.
It was dirty and the frames were smashed but Spurling, who runs the Artistic Vision Gallery with artist Margaret Hadfield, cleaned and reframed the collection, believing Cameron-Smith deserved to be exhibited.
When Spurling began to research Cameron-Smith, she discovered a man who was plagued by mental illness and the death of his sister Daphne, who died in a car accident on her 15th birthday.
“Lindsay had always been sensitive and creative,” Spurling said.
“His sisters death created an emotional vacuum which afflicted him for the rest of his life. He found some peace working as a horticulturalist … but his release was art and Lindsay found tutelage under the guidance of renown artist John Coburn.
“His multiple personalities haunted him but empowered him to paint complex, strongly coloured abstracts.”
After the death of his parent in the early 1970s Cameron-Smith struggled in society and between the 1970s and early 2000s his paintings reflected the puzzled anguish of life itself. He died of cancer in 2014.
The exhibition opens on June 15 at Artistic Vision Gallery at 7/51 Tennant Street, Fyshwick, and is also available to view online at artisticvisiongallery.com
Bobs milkshake brings the votes to the yard
Harold Davids great portrait of former prime minister Bob Hawke drinking a milkshake has won the Peoples Choice Award for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 by a single vote.
It was the tightest race in the history of the award – David just beat out Tiffany Garvie for her portrait of Johnny Jarrett, the 1958 Australian bantamweight boxing champion.
“It was such a privilege to photograph Bob Hawke,” Davis said.
“Politicians do not come like that anymore: intelligent, yet a person of the people. Im so grateful that my portrait of him should win the Peoples Choice Award, Im chuffed.”
The NPPP closes at the National Portrait Gallery on June 17 so race to see it if you havent already. It will then tour nationally.
It was a pleasure to be at the launch of Napier Waller Art Prize back in March and now applications are open, with all current and former Australian Defence Force personnel eligible to enter.
The prize aims to promote the healing potential of art and raise a broader awareness of the military experience and the impact of service on the individual.
The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize, with the winning work to be displayed at the Australian War Memorial and accessioned into the national collection. In addition, the winner will receive a two-week research residency in the art section of the memorial, and a mentoring day with former official war artist Ben Quilty.
For more information head to awm.gov.au
Australian Landscapes, by Tim Brook, is an immersive installation of quiet, slow and contemplative digital video work. Every image is a celebration of the unexpected beauty of that Australian icon, corrugated iron.
It is a close study of surface detail, that is intended to evoke memories of the colours and textures of outback experiences. Many of the images involve paint that is dripping, fading or peeling but the images remain photographic, not painterly. The patterns were formed by random processes until they were captured in the photographic frame – they were not carefully constructed like the paintings of Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists who have inspired this exhibition. After all, it is the delicacy of detail and the harshness of ground that is so characteristic of corrugated iron.
At M16 Artspace, Griffith, until July 1.
While youre in Fyshwick
Stirato Gallery is a new venture of the Stirato Bakery and Café, located just outside the Canberra Outlet Centre, making the most of a large mezzanine space above the cafe.
Gallery director Cindy Groeneveld said there are plans to showcase Australian art and theyre looking for applications.
To kick things off theres an exhibition from Jennifer Baird, Here and There: From Canberra to the Coast, featuring paintings and mixed media works of landscapes from Canberra and the coast.
Opening night is June 21, from 6pm. All welcome.
The National Gallery of Australia is among the few cultural institutions in the world to hold the complete set of Pablo Picassos 100 etchings, regarded as one of the greatest series ever made. Picasso: The Vollard Suite is now showing as part of a travelling exhibition encompassing Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.
The suite was named after Picassos renowned dealer and publisher, Ambroise Vollard, who died in a car accident in 1939. The outbreak of World War II left the suite unpublished and it was not until the 1950s that this ground-breaking set was editioned. The NGA acquired a rare complete series in 1984 and it remains one of the gems of the gallerys collection.
Picasso: The Vollard Suite is on until September 24 before heading to the Art Gallery of SA on November 10. The suite was previously shown at QAGOMA.
Karen Hardy is a reporter at The Canberra Times.
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