Guy Gilmour

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Guy Gilmour

Black Bull at the Watertrough 2017 acrylic on polyester 76×76cm
finalist 2017 Muswellbrook Art Prize

In the late 80s I settled in The Orara River Valley north west of Coffs Harbour where my wife’s family have farmed for several generations. The area’s now declining rural economy, modestly scaled landscape, friends and family supply most of the subject matter for my work.

I take inspiration from the Arcadian Classical tradition as created and extended by the likes of Longus (Daphnis and Chloe), Claude Lorraine, Watteau, Bonnard and Finlay that seems so appropriate to this corner of the world. I subject my essentially anecdotal material to careful formal organisation with the aim of producing well made pictures that translate a particular experience into a more universal mood or feeling.

In 2004 I won the Countryenergy Art Prize for Landscape Painting and later that year undertook an Artist in Residency at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale NSW. This is my first exhibition of new work since my retrospective Guy Gilmour: Painting in the Orara Valley 1990-2005, curated by Sandra Warner, at the Coffs Harbour City Art Gallery in 2005. In some of these paintings I am beginning to more explicitly draw out the Arcadian Classical themes that have informed my work while still retaining my domestic and local focus.

The title work in this exhibition My Orara Myriorama employs the 19th Century format of multiple panels that can be arranged in any order. It presents elements of the landscape I am most familiar with and allows the viewer to participate with me in what I find the great challenge and pleasure in painting pictures: finding new ways to see the familiar.

Guy Gilmour

Exhibitions

2015
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2013
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2011
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2009
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Biography

1955
Born in Sydney
1978
Diploma in Art, Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education School of Art
1984
B.A. (Visual Arts) City Art Institute, Sydney
1988
Moved to Coramba, New South Wales.
2005
Artist in Residence, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, New South Wales

Solo Exhibitions

2011
‘From Farm to Beach’, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2009
‘Some arcadian afternoons’, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2007
‘My Orara Myriorama’, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Life and Times: paintings by Guy Gilmour. New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale NSW
2005
Lake Russell Gallery, Coffs Harbour
Guy Gilmour: painting in the Orara Valley 1990-2005, Coffs Harbour City Art Gallery
2004
Maria Perides Gallery, Brisbane
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2002
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Lake Russell Gallery, Coffs Harbour
2000
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1999
Lake Russell Gallery, Coffs Harbour
1998
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1997
Lake Russell Gallery, Coffs Harbour
Cintra Galleries, Brisbane
1996
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Weswal Gallery, Tamworth
1995
Cintra Galleries, Brisbane
1993
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Weswal Gallery, Tamworth
1992
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1991
Lake Russell Gallery, Coffs Harbour
1990
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1989
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1987
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1985
Weswal Gallery, Tamworth
1984
Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
1982
Weswal Gallery, Tamworth
1982
Parmenter Gallery, Walcha
1981
Umberumberka Gallery, Armidale

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010
The CountryEnergy Art Prize for Landscape Painting
2009
‘Small is the new BIG’ Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2008
Who Let the Dogs Out (touring exhibition – Lake Macquarie Gallery & Hazelhurst Regional Gallery)
2007
Body Works, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Very Real North Coast, Grafton Regional Gallery
2004
A Sense of Place, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery
The CountryEnergy Art Prize for Landscape Painting
2003-2005
The State of Art – Peace, Manly Art Gallery and Museum (touring exhibition)
2001
Our Place – Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery Inaugural Exhibition
1993
Australian Pavilion, Expo’93, Taejon, Korea
1982-1983
New England Regional Artists Survey Exhibition, New England Regional Art Museum and Tamworth City Art Gallery

Awards

2004
The Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting
1990
Nambucca Valley Art Prize
1983
Inverell Art Prize
1982
Moree Art Prize
1981
Inverell Art Prize

Collections

  • Artbank
  • Tamworth City Art Gallery
  • Logan City Art Gallery
  • Abbott Tout Russell Kennedy
  • Toga Group of Companies
  • Coffs Harbour City Council
  • New England Regional Art Museum

Selected Bibliography

  • “Images 2 Contemporary Australian Painting” by Nevill Drury 1994 Craftsman House
  • “Images 3 Contemporary Australian Painting” by Nevill Drury 1998 Craftsman House
  • Guy Gilmour: painting in the Orara Valley 1990-2005. Exhibition catalogue, essay by Jeanette Ransom


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