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What's On 27 AUG —

Keith Looby Exhibition

Spud Lane Studios Presents:

KEITH LOOBY — Dichotomy

An exhibition of the paintings and drawings of Keith Looby.

Looby needs no introduction to serious connoisseurs of Australian Art. Archibald winner in 1984 with his portrait of satiricist Max Gillies impersonating Bob Hawke, the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 1973, and the Sulman Prize in 1974; Looby has won some of the most prestigious art prizes in Australia over the course of his long illustrious career.

The Island from my Garden (cropped)
The Island (detail), Keith Looby 1987 (Image courtesy of the artist)

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 and features a selection of paintings and etchings from Keith'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.

Including work 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. The last exhibition of Keith's work was held Canberra in 2012, making this a rare opportunity to view and acquire Looby's work.

First Moon (cropped) 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, 2022 Archibald Winner

Saturday 27 August – Sunday 9 October 2022
Spud Lane Studios
Friday to Monday, 10am–4pm

All works are for sale. Email us to request a catalogue.