27 AUG —
Keith Looby Exhibition
Spud Lane Studios Presents:
KEITH LOOBY — Dichotomy
An exhibition of the paintings and drawings of Keith Looby.
Keith Looby needs no introduction to serious connoisseurs of Australian Art. Archibald winner in 1984 with his portrait of satiricist Max Gillies as Bob Hawke, winner of the Blake Prize for Religious Art, and Sulman Prize winner.
Island From My Garden (detail), Keith Looby 1987 (Image courtesy of the artist); Wynne Prize 1987 finalist
Keith Looby has exhibited at some of Australia's most established galleries, including Ray Hughes Gallery, Rosyln Oxley9, Macquarie Galleries and many more at home and abroad. His work is held in the public collections of the National Gallery Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery (New Zealand), Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, New York), Art Gallery of New South Wales, and many other regional and state galleries.
The exhibition titled Dichotomy is based on a statement made by Keith:
“When I draw, I draw as a Protestant. When I paint, I paint as a Catholic.” — Keith Looby Dichotomy features a selection of paintings and etchings from Looby's personal collection, curated by Ric Abel. The show will be opened by art critic John McDonald, of the Sydney Morning Herald, on Saturday 27 August and will run until 9 October.
This show includes works from Looby's seminal Black and White History of Australia series of drawings on the horrors of Colonialism, and his explorative Australian landscapes painted in Tasmania, as well as more figurative works in his unmistakeable style; the show promises to engage art lovers and collectors from the Southern Highlands and beyond. This is a rare opportunity to view and acquire Keith Looby's work.
First Moon (detail), Keith Looby 1976 (Image courtesy of the artist)
“When these were created, it was an incredibly gallant thing to be portraying this kind of imagery - because it
wasn’t far off the referendum.”
— Blak Douglas, Archibald Prize 2022 Winner
Saturday 27 August – Sunday 9 October 2022
Spud Lane Studios (at the back of SHAC), U1/74-76 Hoddle Street, Robertson NSW 2577
Friday to Monday, 10am–4pm
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Saturday 27 August, 2pm
With an opening address by notable art critic John McDonald.
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