Face to Figure: from the Collections

Robert Dickerson, The Paper Boy 1959, 181.5 x 123cm, enamel on hardboard, Max Watters Collection.

14 January - 05 March 2017

Exhibition Launch: 6:00pm Friday 13 January 2017

"The aim of Art is to present not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance; for this, not the external manner and detail, constitutes true reality” – Aristotle.

The Face and the Figure – while artistic style, approach and purpose have changed over time as well as varied between cultures; they have remained one of the constant subjects of art through history. Drawn entirely from the Collections held at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts, Face to Figure offers up a rich diversity of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture from the mid-20th Century until the present day.

Subjects portrayed range from the more intimate self-portraits, to portraits and figure studies of those known by the artist, to responses to the external and even the imagined.

Works by artists that include Charles Blackman, Judy Cassab, James Clifford, Robert Dickerson, Rew Hanks, Richard Larter, Euan Macleod, Geoff Proud and Michael Allen Shaw, serve well to illustrate this most fundamental of disciplines in the art world, moving beyond a sense of likeness to capture a figure’s essence.

Image: Robert Dickerson, The Paper Boy 1959, 181.5 x 123cm, enamel on hardboard, Max Watters Collection.

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