Blue Mountains Cultural Centre to host Robert Malherbe's first Survey show.

Published by: green tea | 20-Apr-2016
A survey of the first twelve years of Robert Malherbe's contemporary art career at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for Autumn 2016.
Venue: Blue Mountains City Art Gallery at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Address: 30 Parke Street Katoomba, NSW, 2780, Australia
Date: 30 April - 5 June 2016
Time: Monday "“ Friday 10am "“ 5pm / Saturday + Sunday "“ 10am "“ 4pm
Ticket: Adults $5 / Concession $3 / Children under 16 "“ Free
Call: 61 (02) 4780 5410
Robert Malherbe is an award-winning artist who has been a quiet presence in the Australian art scene for over a decade. Alongside his consistent landscape practice, Malherbe is also known for his deeply instinctive approach to still life and figure studies. Malherbe's journey with paint is examined in a major focus exhibition at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, this autumn, from 30 April to 5 June.

Titled 'Resist the spirit of the times', this survey looks at the first twelve years of Robert Malherbe's contemporary art career. Malherbe's expressive brushstrokes, luscious paint applications and bold mark-makings are all on show. Working directly from life, Malherbe aims to transform the everyday into personal little dramas. "It's what you invest of yourself into a painting that matters." says the artist.

Malherbe's acclaimed landscapes are frequently based on scenes from the NSW Blue Mountains town of Blackheath, where the artist lives. Trees and streets of this elevated location are transformed through an intense palette of yellows, reds and oranges. Working en plein air, Malherbe prefers to paints wet on wet, looking to create interesting bleeds and edges, tones and shadows. For this artist, it is a physically enjoyable experience: more so when the work quickly takes on a life of its own.

This survey exhibition features over thirty works, with paintings and drawings sourced from private and public collections and the artist's own. Highlights include Malherbe's finalist works from the 2013 & 2015 Wynne Prize for Landscape (AGNSW) and his winning figure painting from the 2015 Manning Art Prize (Nude and Naked). A selection of the artist's sketchbooks are also on view.

Malherbe (b. 1965) migrated to Australia from Mauritius in 1971. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Australia and Europe. He is a regular finalist in the Wynne Prize for Landscape AGNSW, Archibald Prize for Portraiture AGNSW, Mosman Art Prize, NSW Plein Air Painting Prize and winner of Naked and Nude The Manning Art Prize (2015) Manning Regional Gallery. In 2010 he was awarded the highly sought after AGNSW Residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. His work is represented in private and public collections across Australia and internationally.

Artist Talk: Saturday 21 May 2016, 11:00am "“ 12:00pm.
free with gallery admission.

Exhibition catalogue available.

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