Steve Lopes, Franck Gohier, Euan Macleod, Christine Chrisophersen & Peter Hudson :
Kakadu - an artists perspective

Mitchell Fine Art
86 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD, 4006
30 August – 23 September 2017

Steve Lopes, Towards Ubirr, 2017, oil on board, 45 x 75cm

Steve Lopes, Towards Ubirr, 2017, oil on board, 45 x 75cm

In June of this year five renowned Australian artists travelled to a remote location in Kakadu in the Northern Territory to participate in a week long artist’s camp. It is the same site where recently found artefacts show that Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for 18,000 years longer than previously estimated. 

Mike Mitchell, Director of Mitchell Fine Art, organised the trip to inspire the artists with some of the most exquisite landscape that Australia has to offer, while providing them the opportunity to engage with the Aboriginal traditional owners. 

Participating artists include Steve Lopes, Franck Gohier, Euan Macleod, Peter Hudson and Christine Christophersen.

Travelling to Western Arnhem land the group spent time with traditional owners and their families exploring the country, visiting rarely seen rock art and scenery and learning about the area and the immense significance of country for the local Aboriginal people. 

What followed was a week of plein air painting in and around Arnhem Land. It resulted in a body of work that is an immediate reaction to the landscape, inspired by the experiences and observations of the world’s oldest culture in a place unchanged over thousands of years. 

The group witnessed snippets of a lifestyle and culture that goes beyond recorded memory. Aboriginal rock art depicting Thylacines (Tasmanian Tigers), ceremony and the mail plane from the 1930’s shows a pictorial history of the area. This all had a profound effect of this group of artists and is reflected in the artworks produced. 

The exhibition ‘Kakadu’ opens 6pm September 1st, with some of the participating artists in attendance. An Artist Talk will be held in the gallery on Saturday Sept 2nd from 2pm. 

Monday to Friday 10am - 5:30pm Saturday 10am - 5pm

https://www.mitchellfineartgallery.com/exhibitions/upcoming/kakadu-steve-lopes-euan-macleod-peter-hudson-christine-christopherson-franck-gohier

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