Here in Spirit

20 August 2011


Clement Meadmore

Italic 1998 bronze
Small 20×33×17cm
Indoor 55×82×43cm

20 August – 14 September 2011
Opening Tuesday 23 August 6 – 8pm

Elwyn Lynn 1917-1997
Clement Meadmore 1929-2005
Oliffe Richmond 1919-1977
Bryan Westwood 1930-2000

Four artist estates represented by Robin Gibson Gallery

Here in Spirit is a group exhibition featuring the works of four prominent Australian artists whose estates are represented by the gallery. Near contemporaries, yet with completely divergent and original approaches to their work, these artists all made invaluable contributions to Australian art.
Here in Spirit reminds us that although they are not physically here anymore, these artists remain highly esteemed and their works have maintained their relevance and appeal.

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    Bryan Westwood

    WORK CLOTHES 2 1975-76
    oil on board 122×122cm

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    Bryan Westwood

    oil on canvas

    The son of a diplomat, Bryan Westwood was born 1930 in Lima, Peru, and educated in South America and Australia. He lived in Italy, France and the United States. Westwood began painting in 1966, and was awarded the Archibald Prize on two occasions, for his portraits of Elwyn Lynn (1989) and Paul Keating (1992).

    Westwood’s work is held by all major art institutions in Australia, as well as in numerous corporate and private collections.

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    Elwyn Lynn

    mixed media on canvas

    Elwyn Lynn was born in Canowindra 1917, and grew up in Junee, country New South Wales. A self-taught painter, Lynn learned painting techniques by standing up close and carefully studying the surfaces of paintings at the AGNSW. This early interest in surface and texture was deepened by the Spanish ‘matter’ painters he discovered while visiting the Venice Biennale in 1958, particularly Antoni Tapies. Upon returning to Australia he felt that it was no longer possible to create paintings that calmly tinkered with formal arrangements, or which confined themselves to beguiling but bland subject matter.

    Pioneering this tendency in Australia, Lynn started experimenting with various ways to manipulate the surfaces of his works. Even though most of his work was essentially abstract, a sense of the landscape was often retained through his expressive surfaces, evoking the lonely and alienating nature of the Australian landscape and creating metaphors for human plight and endurance.

    Apart from his considerable achievements as a painter, Lynn was also a prolific writer and art critic. In 1969 he was appointed Curator at the Power Institute at Sydney University, where he built up an international collection now within Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
    Elwyn Lynn was awarded the Wynne prize for landscape painting in 1988.

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    Oliffe Richmond

    edition of 5

    Robert Oliffe Gage Richmond was born 1919 at Old Beach, Hobart. From 1945 he studied sculpture under Lyndon Dadswell at East Sydney Technical College, and in 1948 he was awarded a scholarship and moved to London. He was formally attached to the Royal College of the Arts, but soon set off for the major art centres in Europe. Returning to England, Richmond worked as Henry Moore’s assistant until 1951, when he succeeded him as a teacher in sculpture at Chelsea School of Art. From 1954 his sculptures were included in major group exhibitions in London and other British cities, as well as numerous other cities in Europe and the United States.

    Richmond’s works from 1960’s was characterised by highly textured bronze figures, suggestive of intense human energy and inner tension. Towards the end of the decade this tendency gave way to abstract assemblages of combined aluminium parts and machinery, embodying none of the organic character of the earlier works. Richmond’s final series of works was a suite of monumental wood assemblages, dwarfing visitors when first exhibited in London 1976.

    Placing artistic integrity above popular and material success, Richmond was rock-solid in maintaining his aesthetic values. He exhibited extensively until his death in 1977 and his work is held by major galleries in Australia, Britain and the Netherlands.

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