June 10 – July 18
Mitchell Fine Art Gallery
86 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley
With the easing of restrictions and galleries welcoming back art enthusiasts, Mitchell Fine Art presents a dynamic exhibition featuring two of Australia’s great landscape artists, showing in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, from June 10.
Born in the remote centre of Australia in the late 1920’s, Kudditji Kame Kngwarreye was originally a stockman and a miner and did not start painting until the 1980’s. A natural colourist, and painting without a predetermined perspective, Kngwarreye’s paintings are visceral and spontaneous and evoke feelings for and connection to country.
Utilising bold compositions, Kngwarreye manipulated colour and form in highly emotive depictions of his ancestral homelands in Central Australia. His dynamic and contemporary artworks with saturated fields of colour have gained him international recognition and drawn comparison to the work of American abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko.
“As an artist he was without inhibition. He painted ferociously, his use of colour was so natural and completely intuitive,” says Mike Mitchell, Gallery Director.
To compliment the exhibition, Mitchell Fine Art has invited Sydney artist Idris Murphy to curate a response to Kngwarreye paintings through his own work. A renowned Australian artist, Murphy is known for his gestural paintings that depict his intimate awareness and a passionate attachment to the Australian landscape. Idris Murphy continuously refers to inspiration drawn from Aboriginal artists and the holistic experience of the land.
Mitchell Fine Art is open 6 days a week; Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm, with onsite parking available. The gallery is a large venue and there is ample room to view exhibitions safely and the gallery staff are practising safe social interaction. For those that are unable to visit Mitchell Fine Art offers virtual exhibition tours via FaceTime or Zoom; please contact the gallery for more information.