17 FEBRUARY - 25 MARCH 2012
To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Russell Drysdale, the S.H. Ervin Gallery is presenting an exhibition of drawings by this legendary artist. Drysdale is one of the most admired and respected Australian artists and drawing was very important to him. By examining his considerable graphic oeuvre, one can understand better the nature of Drysdale's imagination and see how various observations put down on paper, developed and evolved into exceptional paintings. A Carrick Hill exhibition, curated by Lou Klepac.
RUSSELL DRYSDALE Study for Maria pen, red ink and watercolour 24.4 x 18.2 cm Collection: Monash University Museum of Art
7 JANUARY - 12 FEBRUARY 2012
Elisabeth Cummings is one of Australia’s visual art quiet achievers, with a career spanning over 50 years and this major survey, examining her landscape works, is long overdue. Cummings’ landscapes are distinguished by heavily impastoed surfaces and luminous colour, whether depicting the glowing red and yellow ochres of the Pilbara region, the ruggedly spectacular Arkaroola ridges of the Flinders ranges, or the sands of Elcho Island in Arnhem Land. Memories of her travels are distilled and brought to life in the sanctuary of her bush studio on Sydney's outskirts. The exhibition features works from the past four decades from public & private collections. An S.H. Ervin Gallery exhibition.
ELISABETH CUMMINGS After the wet, Elcho Island 2004 (detail) oil on canvas 175 x 300cm Private Collection
Elemental Reckoning: The art of Tim Storrier 1981-2011
11 NOVEMBER - 18 DECEMBER 2011
Tim Storrier is one of Australia’s leading artists and this is the first major survey of his work. The exhibition comprises paintings, graphics and photography from public galleries and private collections. Tim Storrier has created an astonishing range of imagery steeped in his earliest memories of life on the land. The four elements – earth, air, fire, and water – provide the framework for the artist’s singular vision of the Australian experience.
TIM STORRIER The Wave (garland) 1998 (detail) acrylic on canvas 183.5 x 304.5 cm
Portia Geach Memorial Award 2011
23 SEPTEMBER - 6 NOVEMBER 2011
The annual award exhibition for portraiture by contemporary Australian women artists. The award, which was first given in 1965 in memory of the artist Portia Geach, displays selected entries from artists across the nation representing diversity in contemporary portraiture. The Award is recognized as one of the most important celebrations of the talents and creativity of Australian female portrait painters and has played a major role in developing the profile of the nation’s women artists.
KATE STEVENS Indian Dream 2011 (detail) oil on canvas 134 x 100cm
12 AUGUST - 18 SEPTEMBER 2011
The S.H. Ervin Gallery has a history of presenting exhibitions from private collectors to reveal the taste and vision of individuals, and this exhibition continues this tradition. Dr Peter Elliott AO has been acquiring art for decades and his work by many important Australian artists including Gruner, Dobell, Drysdale, Boyd, Williams, Smart, Friend, Whiteley, John Olsen, William Robinson, Rover Thomas, Emily Kngwarreye, Gloria Petyarre, George Tjungurrayi, Henry Mulholland, Savandry Vongpoothorn, Peter Sharp, Kylie Stillman, John R. Walker and James Rogers.
WILLIAM ROBINSON High Country Landscape 1988 oil on canvas 67.5 x 92cm