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SEPTEMBER 2016

On 28 SEPTEMBER the Drawing Department of the NATIONAL ART SCHOOL will stage the symposium Drawing Conversations, bringing to light the myriad ways in which drawing stimulates seeing, thinking, and a shared sense of being in the world. It features discussions by and between artists about drawings that inspire, stir or challenge them, and a month long collaborative project between artists from the three Sydney art schools.

Extending the symposium themes of dialogue and exchange, the exhibition DRAWING CONVERSATIONS opens 28—30 SEPTEMBER 2016 at the RAYNER HOFF PROJECT SPACE, NATIONAL ART SCHOOL, Forbes St & Burton Street, DARLINGHURST NSW 2010, 10AM–5PM. The exhibition brings together 60 artists and academics from the NAS Drawing Department and from outside the School, including Anthony Cahill, Brent Hallard, Catherine O'Donnell, Charles Cooper, Deborah Beck, Jeff Rigby, Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Joe Frost, Kurt Schranzer, Lisa Jones, Lisa Stack, Luke Thurgate, Lynne Eastaway, Mary Tonkin, Maryanne Coutts, Noel Thurgate, Paul Higgs, Pollyxenia Joannou, Rachel Ellis, Roger Crawford, Sally Clarke, Sean O'connell, Shalini Jardin, Simon Wheeldon, Susan Andrews and Tony Twigg.


FEBRUARY 2016


On her selection of artworks for the ADELAIDE PERRY PRIZE FOR DRAWING 2016, independent curator Julie Ewington writes: “Drawing, in all its various forms, is one of the foundations of working as an artist. But more than a skill, today drawing is the home of the unexpected, and the provisional: it is a sprawling set of working methods, as well as a destination.

The exhibition runs 27 FEBRUARY—24 MARCH 2016 at the ADELAIDE PERRY GALLERY, in THE CROYDON CENTRE FOR ART, DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY, PLC, Sydney, corner of Hennessy and College Streets, CROYDON NSW 2132. Open MON—FRI 8.30AM—4PM and SATURDAY 11AM—4PM. Fourty-six artists have been selected, including Barbara Bolt, Maudie Brady, Andrew Browne, Ann Cape, Maryanne Coutts, Matt Coyle, David Fairbairn, Stephen Fearnley, Erika Gofton, Geoff Harvey, Pei Pei He, Martin King, Netta Loogatha, Marco Luccio, Edgar Schilter, Neridah Stockley, Gauri Torgalkar, Craig Waddell, and Paul White. Schranzer’s artwork Lop-Lop Disguised as Yoshitsune, in the Act of His Eight-Boat-Leap (For Sadahide, Kuniyoshi, and a Young Kunichika) has been included for exhibition.


0CTOBER 2015

THE ETERNAL RETURN opens at FLINDERS STREET GALLERY, SYDNEY, 6—8pm THURSDAY 08 OCTOBER, continuing until SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER 2015.

Recently re-worked, selected artworks exhibited at The Great Walls, Penrith Regional Gallery in 2011 are showcased for the first time in Sydney. An exhibition by MATTHEW DE MOISER is showing concurrently. 61 Flinders Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, Wed–Sat 11am–6pm, and by appointment. Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. >>

Window to the Universe
2008–2010/2015, acid catalysed varnish, wood veneers, burned wood veneers, watercolour, medium density fibreboard, plywood, welded aluminium frame, 120 x 235 x 6 cm
Fabrication with Josef Schranzer
Signed and inscribed reverse with title, date, catalogue no. MMLXIII
Provenance: Collection the Artist
Exhibited: 2011 The Great Walls, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, NSW. 2015 The Eternal Return, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney


SEPTEMBER 2015


Drawings have been selected for contemporaneous exhibitions at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and Orange Regional Gallery.

The CITY OF HOBART ART PRIZE 2015 presents a national survey of contemporary art in the media of ceramics and drawing. The exhibition runs 18 SEPTEMBER—29 NOVEMBER 2015. The judging panel is comprised of Patsy Hely, Emeritus Fellow, School of Art, Australian National University; Peter Hughes, Senior Curator (Decorative Arts), Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; Julie Robinson, Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Art Gallery of South Australia. The fifty-six finalists include: Paul White, Andrew Sibley, Mary Scott, Hannah Quilivan, Martin King, Mehwish Iqbal, Katherine Hattam, Simon Finn, Esther Erlich, Matt Coyle, Jennifer Andrews, and Kurt Schranzer.

Visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery website. >>

The KEDUMBA DRAWING AWARD 2015 opens at ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, 12 SEPTEMBER—15 NOVEMBER 2015, corner of Byng & Piesley Streets ORANGE NSW, 2800. Twenty-four artists from across Australia have been invited to exhibit, with Kurt Schranzer represented by the recent drawing Lop-Lop Disguised as Yoshitsune, in the Act of His Eight-Boat-Leap (For Sadahide, Kuniyoshi, and a Young Kunichika).

Visit the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings. >>

Lop-Lop Disguised as Yoshitsune, in the Act of His Eight-Boat-Leap (For Sadahide, Kuniyoshi, and a Young Kunichika)
2015, pigment ink on cotton rag paper, 61 x 116 cm paper size, 59 x 114 cm image size
Signed and inscribed reverse with title, date, catalogue no. MMLXXXIV
Provenance: Collection the Artist
Exhibited: 2015 Kedumba Drawing Award 2015, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange NSW. 2016 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2016, Adelaide Perry Gallery, The Croydon Centre for Art, Design & Technology, PLC, Sydney.


MARCH 2015


BOOKMARKED celebrates artist’s books in all their forms, from handcrafted one-offs to self-published photobooks, sculptural creations, vintage punk fanzines, and books on special loan from the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive. Artists include Diedre Brollo, Danny Digby, Stephen Dupont, Anne Ferran, Chris Fortescue, Nicholas Jones, Sarah McConnell, Trent Parke, Louis Porter, Madeleine Preston, and Teo Treloar. On display are three book-objects by Kurt Schranzer: The Book of the Dead; The Book of Oracles; The Book of Prows, and The Book of Hulls.

The exhibition opens 6PM WEDNESDAY 04 MARCH, 2015 at STILLS GALLERY, 36 Gosbell St, PADDINGTON NSW, 2021. STILLS PHOTOBOOK FAIR in association with ARTMONTH opens SATURDAY 07 MARCH. Exhibition 04—28 MARCH, 2015, Wednesday—Saturday 11AM—5PM.

The Book of the Dead
2002, acrylic, brass and nickel piano-hinges, wood, book object 9.5 x 10.2 x 12 cm
mounted under glass, 2 pack acrylic/wood box frame 41 x 37.5 x 18 cm
Signed and inscribed reverse with title, date, catalogue no. MCMLXXXV
Provenance: Collection of Artist
Exhibited: 2002 The Great Library, Room 35, Sydney. 2005 Sculpture Walk, Eden Gardens and Eden Gardens Art Gallery, Sydney. 2006 The Delmar Codex, Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammar, Sydney. 2008 Phantastische Stilleben and other drawings, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. 2015 Bookmarked, Stills Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Photographic credit: Jason Martin 2015.


OCTOBER 2014


On show at the KEDUMBA DRAWING AWARD 2014 is the experimental drawing The Lightning War Between the Superior and Inferior of Birds (After Uccello’s ‘The Battle of San Romano’ and Utagawa Sadahide’s Battle Scene of ‘Yoshitsune at Dainotsu no Ura’). Each year, twenty-four Australian artists are invited to participate in the Award. First presented in 1990, The Kedumba is considered a premier event for drawing in Australia.

Official opening SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER, running from the 26 OCTOBER until 16 NOVEMBER 2014, 11AM—4PM DAILY, WILD VALLEY ARTPARK, 321 Blaxland Rd, WENTWORTH FALLS NSW. The exhibition also travels to ORANGE REGIONAL GALLERY, ORANGE NSW, opening 29 NOVEMBER 2014—11 JANUARY 2015. Visit the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings. >>

The Lightning War Between the Superior and Inferior of Birds (After Uccello’s ‘The Battle of San Romano’ and Utagawa Sadahide’s Battle Scene of ‘Yoshitsune at Dainotsu no Ura’)
2014, pigment ink & collage on cotton rag paper, 61 x 116 cm paper size, 59 x 114 cm image size
Signed and inscribed reverse with title, date, catalogue no. MMLXXXIII
Provenance: Collection the Artist
Exhibited: 2014 Kedumba Drawing Award 2014, Wild Valley Art Park, Wentworth Falls NSW, and Orange Regional Gallery, Orange NSW. 2015 Drawing Now 2015, AD Gallery, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney. 2015 City of Hobart Art Prize 2015, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS.


OCTOBER 2014


The biennial JACARANDA ACQUISITIVE DRAWING AWARD opens at GRAFTON REGIONAL GALLERY, 17 OCTOBER—07 DECEMBER 2014, 10AM—4PM TUESDAY—SUNDAY, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton NSW. Included is The Celestial Clash Between Pep and Lop-Lop. Continuing Schranzer’s adoption of Max Ernst’s alter ego and expanding upon traditional drawing practices, the artwork involves both analogue and digital drawing, software iterations to produce repetitive and degenerate forms, printing, and further over-drawing and collage. Max Ernst’s Loplop and Paul Klee’s Pep (as psychological opposites) appear with other bird-creatures in an epic cosmological struggle. Visit the Grafton Regional Gallery website. >>

The exhibition travels to:
Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree NSW, 14 December 2014—01 February 2015
Cowra Regional Gallery, Cowra NSW, 21 March—26 April 2015
University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery, USC QLD, 07 May—27 June 2015
Glasshouse Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie NSW, 10 July—13 September 2015
Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Redcliffe QLD, 29 October—08 December 2015
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill NSW, 19 March—01 May 2016
Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth NSW, 11 June—06 August 2016

The Celestial Clash Between Pep and Lop-Lop (After Uccello's 'The Battle of San Romano' and Altdorfer's 'The Battle of Issus')
2014, pigment ink & collage on cotton rag paper, 75.6 x 152 cm paper size, 73.6 x 150 cm image size
Signed and inscribed reverse with title, date, catalogue no. MMLXXXII
Provenance: Collection the Artist
Exhibited: 2014 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery, travelling NSW and QLD regional galleries 2015–2016.


APRIL 2014


PRINT NIGHT opens at GRAFTON REGIONAL GALLERY, 5.30PM THURSDAY 01 MAY 2014. Prints from some of Australia’s leading printmakers and draughtspersons represented in the Gallery’s Collection and the Jacaranda Aquisitive Drawing Award will be available for purchase. Works will remain on view till 4PM SUNDAY 04 MAY. 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton NSW 2460.


MARCH 2014


The Monochrome is one of the great paradoxes in the history of art, signalling beginnings and conclusions, silences and sounds, the finite in surface and infinte in depth. It is within the world of the monochromatic that we find the beginning of photography and cinema, and the conclusion of modernist painting. It comes in the form of the Grisaille that can, in itself, signal the beginning or the end, as either an underpainting or a stand-in for the sculptural form. For all its reductivism the idea of the monochrome carries significant weight and historical meaning.

What does it mean to create a monochrome at this particular point in history and in the diverse cultural space of Sydney? By excluding the vocabulary of colour interaction eight artists narrow the focus of the viewer’s gaze by exercising one of the key attributes of the monochrome: restraint. The paradoxes of the monochrome provide scope for a versatility of method and interpretation and it is in this exhibition that its possibilities are explored.

Sally Clarke, Paula Dawson, David Eastwood, Chelsea Lehmann, Damian Moss, Toshiko Oiyama, Sue Pedley, Kurt Schranzer. SHEFFER GALLERY, 38 Lander Street, Darlington, Sydney NSW 2008, Wed–Sat 11am–6pm. OPENING NIGHT 6–8PM TUESDAY 18 MARCH 2014. The exhibition runs WEDNESDAY 19 MARCH until SATURDAY 29 MARCH.


FEBRUARY 2014


As part of Sydney’s ARTMONTH, AIRSPACE PROJECTS presents two exhibitions THE DEMOCRACY OF DRAWING 1 and 2, opening 28 FEBRUARY and 14 MARCH 2014 respectively. Diverse, intergenerational, cross-institutional, commercially represented or alternative-gallery-affiliated, artists include Ron Adams, Susan Andrews, Andrew Christofides, Virginia Coventry, Elizabeth Day, Lynne Eastaway, David Eastwood, Nicole Ellis, Michael Esson, Chelsea Lehmann, Damian Moss, Sarah Newell, Nuha Saad, Kurt Schranzer, and Peter Sharp.

Visit the AirSpace website. >>


DECEMBER 2013

LOPLOP PRÉSENTE LOP-LOP, a solo exhibition of drawings and prints opens TUESDAY 03 DECEMBER 2013 at FLINDERS STREET GALLERY, SYDNEY. The exhibition continues WEDNESDAY 04 DECEMBER—SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER, 61 Flinders Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, Wed–Sat 11am–6pm, and by appointment. Tom Langland’s Fear of Music is showing concurrently.
Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. >>

Lop-Lop Disguised as Argus Panoptes, the All-Seeing (for Paul Klee)
2013, pigment ink on cotton rag paper, 42 x 29.7 cm. Edition of 6
Signed and inscribed reverse with title, date, and edition number
Provenance: 1/6 Private Collection, Remaining edition Collection the Artist
Exhibited: 2013 Loplop présente Lop-Lop, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. 2014 Monochrome, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney.


SEPTEMBER 2013


A quirky and eclectic group exhibition of A3 sized drawings, DRAWING NOW 2013 is on show at the IVAN DOUGHERTY GALLERY, COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS, UNSW, Sydney, TUESDAY 03 SEPTEMBER—MONDAY 09 SEPTEMBER 2013. The 5pm TUESDAY opening night coincides with the launch of the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize at Kudos Gallery.


FEBRUARY 2013


KURT SCHRANZER & TERRY BURROWS: SPIRIT & FLESH will be presented by THE UNIVERSITY GALLERY, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE, from WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY—SATURDAY 09 MARCH 2013. Schranzer and Burrows bring together selected artworks under this overarching theme, moving beyond the Judeo-Christian narratives usually associated with the phrase. Works yield various forms and meanings, expressing the separation and ‘oneness’ of spirit and flesh, physical and spiritual union (connection, interaction or isolation), the cosmic and the earthly, the psychic, psycho-sexual, physical, metaphysical and scientific; aspects of creation, holism, embodiment, ascension and suspension are explored. Please join the artists for the OFFICIAL OPENING on SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY from 3PM.

Read the catalogue essay. >>
For information and opening hours, visit The University Gallery website. >>



NOVEMBER 2012


The delimitation of “height x width”, a standard format used when cataloguing image­based artworks, belies the subtle and complex ways in which images can occupy space. Contrary to the predominantly screen­based nature of imagery in the digital age, the pairing of these dimensions posits the image as an entity of fixed proportions. And while the conspicuous omission of depth implies the intrinsic virtuality of the picture plane, for many artists the physical surface of the image is indispensible. HEIGHT X WIDTH — an exhibition of works by Sally Clarke, Paula Dawson, David Eastwood, Chelsea Lehmann, Damian Moss, Toshiko Oiyama, Sue Pedley, and Kurt Schranzer — examines the status of the image between virtuality and physicality, exploring pictorial conventions in relation to dimension, scale, temporality and ambiguity.

HEIGHT X WIDTH opens at SHEFFER GALLERY, 38 LANDER STREET, DARLINGTON, SYDNEY on TUESDAY 20 NOVEMBER, 6–8PM. The exhibtion runs WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER—SATURDAY 01 DECEMBER 2012, Wednesday–Saturday 11am–6pm.


OCTOBER 2012


Miles Hall has won the 2012 JACARANDA ACQUISITIVE DRAWING AWARD with his drawing Eyes closed … Feeling for Noon and Night, 2012. Grafton Regional Gallery has also acquired Kurt Schranzer’s The Ambassadors (The Spring of Discontent), 2011, for its permanent collection… a composite of ‘faceless’ mannequins in armour and ludicrous shame-masks (drawn from European Rüstkammer collections), anatomical grotesques with pelvic heads and flayed penises, various paraphernalia and the impossible objects and architecture of perceptual psychology.


OCTOBER 2012


Established in 1988, GRAFTON REGIONAL GALLERY’S JACARANDA ACQUISITIVE DRAWING AWARD is being held 26 October—02 December 2012. The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) seeks to promote innovation and excellence in draftsmanship, and has enabled Grafton Regional Gallery to gather a unique and impressive collection of contemporary Australian drawing through its acquisitions process. The Selection Panel have chosen works by 52 artists, including Susan Andrews, G. W. Bot, Godwin Bradbeer, Anthony Cahill, Leigh Camilleri, Matt Coyle, Miles Hall, Locust Jones, David Fairbairn, Mathew Lynn, Catherine O'Donnell, Wendy Sharpe, and Kurt Schranzer (with his diptych The Ambassadors (The Spring of Discontent), 2011). The prize will be judged by Dr Campbell Gray, Director, University of Queensland Art Museum. Visit the Grafton Regional Gallery website. >>

2012 JADA will tour to nine venues:
Redcliffe City Art Gallery, 24 January—02 March 2013
University of the Sunshine Coast, 14 March—20 April 2013
New England Regional Art Museum, 03 May—23 June 2013
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, 03—18 August 2013
Griffith Regional Gallery, 29 August—29 September 2013
Tamworth Regional Gallery, 26 October—07 December 2013
Bundaberg Regional Gallery, 20 January—09 March 2014
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, 17 March—21 April 2014
Gympie Regional Gallery, 29 April—21 June 2014

The Ambassadors (The Spring of Discontent)
2011, diptych, ink and collage on paper, each panel 76 x 56 cm
Signed and inscribed reverse with title, date, catalogue no. MMLXX
Provenance: Grafton Regional Gallery, JADA Collection
Exhibited: 2011 Metaphysische Stilleben, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. 2011 It Began Somewhere Else, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. 2012 2012 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery, travelling NSW and QLD regional galleries 2013–2014.


FEBRUARY 2012


Artworks by Vilma Bader, Tom Langlands, Floria Tosca, Max Lieberman, Mat de Mosier, Helen Shelley, Brett McMahon, Caz Haswell, Nick Hall, Halinka Orszulok, Peter Nelson, Luke Crouch, Martin Wilson, Wade Owen, Joshua Parry, Josh Honeyman, and Kurt Schranzer are on view in BLACK & WHITE & COLOUR at FLINDERS STREET GALLERY, SYDNEY. SATURDAY 04 FEBRUARY—SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2012, 61 Flinders Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, Wed–Sat 11am–6pm, and by appointment. Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. >>


SEPTEMBER 2011


FLINDERS STREET GALLERY, SYDNEY presents IT BEGAN SOMEWHERE ELSE, an exhibition of works by Nick Hall, Shalini Jardin, Kurt Schranzer, Peter Nelson, and Clare Thackway. Opening TUESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER—SATURDAY 01 OCTOBER 2011, 61 Flinders Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, Wed–Sat 11am–6pm, and by appointment. Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. >>


JULY 2011


ART ON PAPER, the 2011 HAZELHURST ART AWARD, opens at HAZELHURST REGIONAL GALLERY AND ARTS CENTRE, NSW, 08 JULY–14 AUGUST 2011. 71 artists have been selected from almost 700 local, national, and international entries. Diverse media include pencil, charcoal, ink drawings, three dimensional artworks, oil, acrylic, gouache and watercolour, photography, printmaking and video.
Open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, 782 Kingsway GYMEA, NSW.

Included is the diptych Metaphysisches Stilleben (The Garden of Earthly Delights), 2010. >>
Visit the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery website. >>


MAY 2011


METAPHYSISCHE STILLEBEN, a solo exhibition of drawings, opens at FLINDERS STREET GALLERY, SYDNEY.
Exhibition dates: SATURDAY 30 APRIL—SATURDAY 21 MAY 2011. OPENING NIGHT DRINKS TUESDAY 3RD MAY 6–8pm.
61 Flinders Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, Wed–Sat 11am–6pm, and by appointment. Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. >>


APRIL 2011


Many years in the making, the solo exhibition THE GREAT WALLS opens on SUNDAY 17 APRIL 5–7pm at PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY & THE LEWERS BEQUEST, EMU PLAINS, NSW. The exhibition commences SATURDAY 16 APRIL and concludes SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2011.

Running concurrently with THE GREAT WALLS is 3DHD by the ‘father’ of psychedelic art in Australia, Vernon Treweeke; Fluxus art by UK-based Australian artists Cathy Farr and Mark Little; and sound, video, and performance art by Mikala Dwyer, Carla Cescon, Tina Havelock Stevens, Rolande Souliere, Rachel Scott, Scott Donovan and Justene Williams.

Read the essay No Man is an Island: Reflections on 'The Great Walls'. >>
View the artworks in the gallery. >>
For information and opening hours, visit the Penrith Regional Gallery website. >>


FEBRUARY 2011


49 finalists have been selected for the ADELAIDE PERRY PRIZE FOR DRAWING 2011, judged this year by artist Kerrie Lester. The exhibition runs 25 FEBRUARY–26 MARCH 2011 at the ADELAIDE PERRY GALLERY, in THE CROYDON CENTRE FOR ART, DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY, PLC, Sydney. On show are drawings by Suzanne Archer, Michael Bell, Yvonne Boag, Marinka Bozzec, Graeme Drendel, David Fairbairn, Kendal Heyes, Locust Jones, Nerissa Lea, Judy Morris, Amanda Robbins, Kurt Schranzer, Peter Sharp, Wendy Sharpe, Hadyn Wilson, and others. Schranzer’s drawing Metaphysisches Stilleben (Nights so Dark They Festered Stars) has been included.

Metaphysisches Stilleben (Nights so Dark They Festered Stars)
2010, ink and collage on paper, 76 x 56 cm
Signed and inscribed reverse with title, date, catalogue no. MMXXXXIX
Provenance: Private Collection
Exhibited: 2011 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2011, Adelaide Perry Gallery, The Croydon Centre for Art, Design & Technology, PLC, Sydney. 2011 Metaphysische Stilleben, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. 2011 It Began Somewhere Else, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. 2013 Kurt Schranzer & Terry Burrows: Spirit & Flesh, The University Gallery, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW.


FEBRUARY 2011


During February, FLINDERS STREET GALLERY presents FSG COMPOSITE, its first show for 2011, with new works by Alex Lawler, Vilma Bader, Terry Burrows, Josh Honeyman, Tom langlands, Max Lieberman, Mat de Moiser, Peter Nelson, James Powditch, Kurt Schranzer, and others. OPENING NIGHT is TUESDAY 08 FEBRUARY 6–8pm, closing on SATURDAY 26 FEBRUARY. 61 Flinders Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, opening Wed–Sat 11am–6pm, and by appointment. Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. >>


NOVEMBER 2010


The DOBELL PRIZE FOR DRAWING — considered the most respected award for drawing in Australia — opens at the ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, Sydney, from 06 NOVEMBER 2010 until 30 JANUARY 2011. The 45 artists selected for the exhibition include Suzanne Archer, Michael Esson, David Fairbairn, Mark Hislop, Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Kevin Malloy, Noel McKenna, Kurt Schranzer, Peter Sharp, Aida Tomescu, and Stuart Watters.

Included is Barock Stilleben mit Sturm (The Eternal Game), 2010. The drawing incorporates representations of the calabi-yau space or manifold (a mathematical construction used by physicists to describe the extra 6 dimensions beyond the usual 4 space-time dimensions), and makes reference to Herman Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game (Das Glasperlenspiel, 1943). The calabi-yau manifolds are stand-ins for the glass beads, there are horses tumbling across the sky (based on Renaissance ivory saddles), and chess pieces and squares with secret meaning. Since the Glass Bead Game is supposed to integrate all fields of human and cosmic knowledge, the drawing is a metaphor for the "Divine Lila" (Play or Game of Life).

Barock Stilleben mit Sturm (The Eternal Game)
2010, ink and collage on paper, 76 x 56 cm
Signed and inscribed reverse with title, date, catalogue no. MMXXXXVIII
Provenance: Artbank Collection
Exhibited: 2010 Dobell Prize for Drawing, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. 2011 Metaphysische Stilleben, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney.


APRIL 2010


NO RIGHT TURN — DRAWING FROM WESTERN SYDNEY features works by contemporary artists who share a connection to Western Sydney. The expressive and technical diversity of drawing, and the broad ranging potential of the drawn line is evident in the curatorial inclusion of Drew Bickford, Charles Dennington, Joyce Hinterding, Locust Jones, Catherine O’Donnell, Tom Polo, Regina Walter, David Capra, Anne Edmonds, Matthew Hopkins, Luis Martinez, Kenzee Patterson, Carla Wherby, and Kurt Schranzer. The exhibition runs at PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY & THE LEWERS BEQUEST, EMU PLAINS, NSW, from 10 APRIL and closes 27 JUNE 2010. OPENING NIGHT is FRIDAY 16 APRIL 7–9pm.
Visit the Penrith Regional Gallery website. >>


JUNE 2009


Drawings have been selected for concurrent exhibitions at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery.

ART ON PAPER, the HAZELHURST ART AWARD 09, opens at HAZELHURST REGIONAL GALLERY AND ARTS CENTRE, NSW, 27 JUNE–16 AUGUST 2009. Selected artists come from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. Alongside drawings there are 3-D works, photography, printmaking and paper animation.
Included is the diptych The Ocean has left its Debris on the Beach, 2008. >>
Visit the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery website. >>

The CITY OF HOBART ART PRIZE 09, DRAWING & SCULPTURE, opens SATURDAY 04 JULY and closes SUNDAY 09 AUGUST 2009. Judged by Deborah Edwards, Senior Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW, Jane Kinsman, Senior Curator of International Prints Drawings and Illustrated Books at the National Gallery of Australia, David Handley, Director of Sculpture by the Sea, and Jane Stewart, Coordinating Curator of Art, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the winning works will become part of the Hobart City Council’s impressive collection.
Selected for exhibition is Phantastisches Stilleben (Napoleon with Starfish and Tongues), 2008. >>
Visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery website. >>


MAY 2009


Work continues on THE GREAT WALLS (see news entry 12 September 2007 for a brief explanation of the series). The marquetry artworks include 2-dimensional panels and high relief sculptures, ranging in size up to 2.2 metres high x 2.4 metres wide. Many of the panels are nearing completion, and work has begun on 3-dimensional works such as Thatched Tower, Porthole Wall, Broken Column, and Secret Window.
View the NEWS ALBUM of works in progress.
>>

Work in progress on Forest Wall, Bavaria (for the Brothers Grimm) for the exhibition The Great Walls
Dunheved (St. Mary’s) NSW, February 2009. Photography: Kurt Schranzer.


APRIL 2009


MAKING OUR TIMES, curated by Martin Wilson and Jason Martin, showcases the work of 6 artists: Tom Langlands, Luke Crouch, Mat de Moiser, Martin Wilson, Alex Lawler, and Kurt Schranzer. The exhibition runs 01 APRIL–24 APRIL 2009 at the UNIVERSITY GALLERY, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE, NSW. OPENING NIGHT SATURDAY 04 APRIL 4–6pm.
Visit the University Gallery website. >>


OCTOBER 2008


The solo exhibition PHANTASTISCHE STILLEBEN AND OTHER DRAWINGS will be opening at FLINDERS STREET GALLERY, SYDNEY, commencing 29 OCTOBER and continuing until 22 NOVEMBER 2008. OPENING NIGHT is THURSDAY 30 OCTOBER 6–8pm. 61 Flinders Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, opening Wed–Sat 11am–6pm, and by appointment. Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney. >>

The exhibition presents a selection of artworks 1998–2008, including current drawings from the ‘Fantastic Still-Life’ suite, previously unseen drawings c2000, and selected drawings from The Great Library, the I Shall Wrap the Sailor series, and Le cul mécanique series.

Phantastisches Stilleben (The Sentinels)
2008, ink and collage on paper, 76 x 56 cm
Signed and inscribed reverse with title, date, catalogue no. MMXXXIX
Provenance: Private Collection
Exhibited: 2008 Phantastische Stilleben and other drawings, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney.


OCTOBER 2008


Selections have been made for the VI INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF DRAWING PILSEN 2008, in PILSEN, the CZECH REPUBLIC. The exhibition opens 04 OCTOBER at the MUSEUM OF WEST BOHEMIA, and runs from the 08 OCTOBER until 16 NOVEMBER 2008 at three city venues: the MUSEUM OF WEST BOHEMIA, JIRÍ TRNKA GALLERY, and UNIVERSITY GALLERY, Pilsen.

The International jury included Werner Schaub, President of the International Association of Art (IAA-EUROPE), Germany, and academics from the Czech Republic, Poland, England, Slovakia, and Hungary. The jury judged over 1600 works and selected 176 drawings by 112 artists from 33 countries.

5 drawings from 2004 were sent for selection: I Shall Mask the Sailor in a Constellation of Stars; Room with a Small Ocean, and a Stack of Crushed Ships; The Coming Storm; The Passionate Sailor; and Lament of the Fisherman: He Netted Only Bird-Heads, Debris, and Hints of Sea-Salt. View these artworks in the gallery. >>


MAY 2008


Selections have been made for THE TALLIS FOUNDATION 2008 NATIONAL WORKS ON PAPER, opening 28 MAY and running until 06 JULY 2008, at MORNINGTON PENINSULA REGIONAL GALLERY, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

The biennial National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious acquisitive awards, promoting contemporary Australian art made on or with paper. This year the exhibition is judged by Susan McCulloch, art critic and publisher of The New McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Lisa Roet, artist and winner of 2003 National Works on Paper, and Jason Smith, Director, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne. The 46 selected artists include Gordon Bennett, G W Bot, eX de Medici, Elizabeth Gower, Patrick Hartigan, Richard Larter, Vito Manfredi, Gloria Petyarre, Scott Redford, Joan Ross, Kurt Schranzer, and Arlene TextaQueen. Visit the National Works on Paper Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery website. >>

Selected for the exhibition is Fallen Skateboarder, 2006, ink and collage on paper. View the artwork. >>


FEBRUARY 2008


Final selections of works have been made for the 30 YEAR SURVEY exhibition BENT WESTERN, curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, opening THURSDAY 07 FEBRUARY 2008, running until 12 April 2008, at BLACKTOWN ARTS CENTRE, Blacktown NSW. Artists include Ron Adams, Lionel Bawden, Liam Benson, Drew Bickford, Michael Butler, Karen Coull, Jose Da Silva, Christopher Dean (curator of the Peter Upward survey exhibition at Penrith Regional Gallery, currently on show), Tim Hilton, Marius Jastkowiak, Erna Lilje, Jessica Olivieri, Kurt Schranzer, George Tillianakis, and Anastasia Zaravinos.

Bent Western surveys the work of queer Australian artists who have forged connections to Western Sydney—living, studying, and working there—over the last 30 years. The artists assembled have made important artistic contributions to queer culture in the region and beyond. Cunningham speaks of the vernacular term ‘bent’ being used and understood by both gay and straight communities as shorthand for queerness and gayness, so the title Bent Western might allude to The Great Western (the highway that runs west from Sydney to the Blue Mountains) as well as the ‘bent lens’ through which the artists express sexual, social, personal and cultural difference.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham is a curator, writer, and scholar whose research activities span contemporary art, popular culture and queer visual identity politics. He is currently Exhibition Coordinator and Curator at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, NSW.

Artworks included in this exhibition will cover the mid 1980s (Self-Portrait on Christmas Eve, Whilst Masturbating, 1986), the mid 1990s (drawings from the 1996 show Mysterious Decoys), and the mid 2000s (drawings from the 2004 show I Shall Wrap the Sailor, and from 2006 Le Cul Mécanique).

Self-Portrait on Christmas Eve, Whilst Masturbating
24 December 1986, acrylic on canvasboard, 20.3 x 40.6 cm
Signed and inscribed reverse with title, date, catalogue no. DLXIII
Provenance: Collection the Artist
Exhibited: 1987 The Graduating Students Exhibition, City Art Institute, Sydney. 2008 Bent Western, Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown, NSW.


OCTOBER 2007


THE KEDUMBA DRAWING AWARD 2007 opens at KEDUMBA GALLERY, Wentworth Falls, NSW. Twenty four artists from across Australia are invited to participate in this annual acquisitive $20,000 drawing award, this year to be judged by Cherry Hood. Artists for 2007 include Peter Churcher, Adam Cullen, George Gittoes, Anna Hoyle, Reg Mombassa, Peter Sharp, and Michael Zavros. Visit the Kedumba Drawing Collection website. >>

Selected for inclusion is the 2007 drawing Self-Portrait with Vase of Flowers, ink and collage on paper.


OCTOBER 2007


THE BORDER ART PRIZE 2007 opens at GOLD COAST CITY GALLERY, Surfers Paradise, QLD. Included is Phantastisches Stilleben (Down the Rabbit Hole) 2006, previously selected for the 2006 Dobell Prize for Drawing, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Phantastisches Stilleben (Down the Rabbit Hole)
2006, ink and collage on paper, 76 x 56 cm
Signed and inscribed reverse with title, date, catalogue no. MMXXXII
Provenance: Private Collection
Exhibited: 2006 Dobell Prize for Drawing, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. 2007 The Border Art Prize 2007, Gold Coast City Gallery, Surfers Paradise, QLD. 2008 Phantastische Stilleben and other drawings, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney.

 


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