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‘Richly explorative’ exhibition of landscape art at Whistlewood over summer

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Called 20/20: A Sense of Place, the exhibition comprises the work of more than 45 leading landscape artists from around Australia with 80 + paintings, ochres, works on paper, barks, contemporary jewellery, small sculptures and other 3D works.

Pivotal in the selection is each artist’s close connection to the place or region they depict. “We’ve selected artists from many areas – the Mornington Peninsula and other parts of Victoria to Far North Queensland, NT, WA, NSW, SA, the APY Lands, the Kimberley, the Pilbara, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land – to show the great variety and quality of landscape art that’s being created today,” says Ms McCulloch.

Over the past six decades regular visitors to the McCullochs’ home gallery Whistlewood at Shoreham have included many of Australia’s most well known landscape artists such as Arthur Boyd, John Perceval, Albert Tucker, Fred Williams, Russell Drysdale and many others. The ‘McCulloch Room’ and the Arthur Boyd/Alan McCulloch 1952-built studio at Whistlewood pay homage to this history.

“These artists powerfully reimagined the Australian landscape to forge a new vision for Australia,” says McCulloch. “Similarly, the artists in 20/20 have reimagined their landscapes, from Aboriginal in-depth representations of Country to the exploration of rural and coastal regions to tropical forests, the bush and the interior by artists from diverse cultural backgrounds.”

As well as inviting individual artists and those from Aboriginal art centres whose work they represent regularly, the McCullochs have invited several leading galleries – notably Melbourne’s Australian Galleries, as well as Gallerysmith, Jacob Hoerner Galleries, Queenscliff’s Salt Contemporary Art and Sydney’s Sullivan + Strumpf – to participate in supplying the work of some of their artists.

“It’s rare for galleries to collaborate like this,” says Susan McCulloch, who says it is through her and her daughter and co-director Emily McCulloch Childs’ longstanding work as art writers and authors that has led to these connections.  

Also unusual, she says, is to show the work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in one exhibition. “While this is now standard practice in survey exhibitions in public galleries,” she says, “it is rarely seen in private galleries”.  

“We’re thrilled to be showing works by such leading artists in this richly explorative display and to make this wide range of contemporary landscape art available to a Peninsula audience.”  

20/20: A Sense of Place will be opened by curator and art writer Rodney James at 3pm on Saturday, January 7. Susan McCulloch will present an illustrated talk – The Landscape in Contemporary Australian Art – followed by drinks with the artists on Saturday, January 21, at 3pm. RSVP both events as below.

Exhibition runs: January 7- Feb 5, 2017

Open daily January 7-February 5, 11am-4pm.

A: 642 Tucks Rd, Shoreham
T: 5989 8282

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