Orange Regional Gallery is partnering with one of Australia’s leading art magazines to present its latest major exhibition, showcasing the work of more than 140 artists.
The new exhibition, ARTIST PROFILE: Australasian Painters 2007 – 2017, brings together in Orange the work of artists who have been featured in Artist Profile magazine over its 10 year history.
Curated by Artist Profile’s Editor Kon Gouriotis and Deputy Editor Lucy Stranger, the exhibition offers audiences a rare opportunity to experience original works by a diverse range of contemporary painters including: Rick Amor, Kevin Connor, Elisabeth Cummings, Debra Dawes, Jumaadi, Ildiko Kovacs, Margaret Loy Pula, Hilarie Mais, Karen Mills, Idris Murphy, Victoria Reichelt, Jiawei Shen and Aida Tomescu – to name just a few.
Orange City Council’s Services Committee chair, Cr Ron Gander, said he welcomes the new exhibition.
“This is the latest of our ‘blockbuster’ shows which I believe will draw art-lovers from a very wide region,” Cr Ron Gander said. “This is a collection, which is not going to be seen anywhere else, and which brings together in the one place a very wide range of significant Australian artists. It’s magazines like ARTIST PROFILE that create a sense of community in the Australian art scene and this event is a celebration of the artists who’ve found a place in its pages.”
For Bradley Hammond, Director at Orange Regional Gallery, the opportunity to develop the exhibition with Artist Profile was an exciting project from the start.
“I was immediately drawn to the idea of bringing the work of this many significant artists to Orange and the selection by the curators Kon and Lucy is extraordinary,” Brad Hammond said.
“This show is a visual feast and is essential viewing for anyone interested in painting.
I’m hoping audiences from our region will make new connections to a myriad of artists through their work and the quality of the exhibition will encourage art-lovers, artists and students from further afield to make connections with our Gallery and Orange.”
ARTIST PROFILE magazine is known for its emphasis on artists’ working processes and personal perspectives and this aspect is echoed in the exhibition which is designed to celebrate and amplify the individuality of each painter represented.
Curator Kon Gouriotis said that Orange Regional Gallery was the magazine’s first choice, “because of the Gallery’s profound commitment to Australian fine artists and its capacity to present a large painting exhibition with high curatorial standards within a region known for its cultural excellence.”
The exhibition runs at the Orange Regional Gallery from 8 July to 10 September
ARTIST PROFILE: Australasian Painters 2007 – 2017 opens 2.30pm Saturday 8 July 2017. There will be a Curators’ Floortalk from 1.30pm – 2.00pm prior to the opening.
Entry is FREE.