Private Lives: The artist as collector

 24 JANUARY - 22 FEBRUARY 2015

This is the first exhibition to present the fascinating personal collections of leading contemporary artists including Wendy Sharpe & Bernard Ollis, Michael Kempson, Leo Robba & Adrienne Richards, Peter Sharp, Euan Macleod, Henry Mulholland & James Powditch. From mass-produced memorabilia and to one-of-a-kind curiosities and rarefied artefacts these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists. While some artists are connoisseurs, others accumulate so many objects it is impossible to hang them all. Inspired by the artist collectors such as Picasso, who famously 'borrowed' objects from the Louvre, this exhibition allows visitors a glimpse into the private world of the artist.

With over 160 works on display including etchings by Francisco Goya & William Hogarth, New Guinean artefacts, Australian ceramicsists Lex Dickson & David Usher, sculptures by Jan King, Olifffe Richmond, Paul Selwood, John Turier and Angus Adameitis, prints by Brian Blanchflower, Fred Williams, Alun Leach Jones and Ron McBurnie, paintings by Ken Whisson, Ben Quilty, John Peart, Bob Eadie, Joanna Braithwaite and Paul Ryan and even a snow dome by Fiona Hall, this amazing array of art works, objects and curios is certain to be highlight of our summer art season. Expect the unexpected!


Sunday afternoons @ the Gallery

Sunday 8 February, 3pm
Join artists & partners, Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis as they discuss the works in their collection

Sunday 15 February, 3pm
Join artists Henry Mulholland and James Powditch as they share their motivations in assembling collections

Sunday 22 February, 3pm
Join artist Peter Sharp, along with artist couple Leo Robba and Adrienne Richards as they reveal what inspires their collections.





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