Creature

Exhibition: 13 May – 27 August 2017
Opening:  12 May 2017

Creatures; animals, both real and fantastic, have been both enduring and integral components of human storytelling, occupying a place in art since the Stone Ages. Throughout this time, animals in art have served as vessels, having been used to communicate environmental issues, narratives concerning life and death, in a celebration of nature’s beauty and power, as well as reflecting sentimental attachments. Ever present in the human psyche, animals connect us to the wild and anchor us in the domestic. Whether artists have used them literally or figuratively, with or without human subjects, animals in art make meaning in a vastness of ways, capable of carrying a rich variety of symbolic associations, commanding compositions that irrevocably bond nature and culture.

Take a walk on the wild side as you discover the creatures of the Max Watters Collection.

Image: Suzie Marston, Portrayal of the Watters Persona 1993, acrylic on cotton duck, Max Watters Collection.