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17 Jan: Last chance to enjoy stunning Pilbara works at Benalla Art Gallery  Printer Friendly


fred williamsThe exhibition of one of Australia’s most significant series of landscape paintings, Fred Williams’ The Pilbara Series, will come to a close at Benalla Art Gallery on Tuesday 28 January.

Thousands have already visited the gallery to see the last major series painted by Williams before his death in 1982, which includes all 13 of the paintings from the series and five of the gouaches.

Benalla Rural City Mayor Cr Barbara Alexander is urging people who have not yet seen the exhibition or would like to see it again to make sure they take the opportunity over the next two weeks.

“These paintings are breathtaking in their colour and scale, and in their perspective of one of Australia’s most iconic landscapes,” Cr Alexander said. “What better way to escape the heat of summer than to take your time soaking up this wonderful exhibition?”

Fred Williams’ depictions of Australia’s dramatic inland landscape, which he experienced during visits to the Pilbara in 1979, are striking in their use of colour and the use of both aerial and close up views, and his obvious respect for the land.

The National Gallery of Victoria is lending the works, and Rio Tinto, which originally commissioned the series in one of the greatest gifts of Australian corporate philanthropy, is providing sponsorship for the exhibition.

The paintings have been previously described by renowned Australian artist and curator of the exhibition Ivan Durrant, as “the most important body of work Fred Williams ever painted”.

“These works are so powerful and moving that anyone seeing them will forever view the Australian landscape in a new light. Fred Williams is one of Australia’s leading artists, to be considered alongside such greats as Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and Russell Drysdale,” Mr Durrant said.

The National Gallery of Victoria is lending the works, and Rio Tinto, which originally commissioned the series in one of the greatest gifts of Australian corporate philanthropy, is providing sponsorship for the exhibition.



 

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