Three prominent and celebrated exhibitions promoting Australian art are now showing at the Benalla Art Gallery.
As part of the Wall to Wall Festival 2017 held in Benalla from April 7 to 9, Born on the Street: A Collector’s View celebrates the passion of two of Australia’s foremost street art collectors, Sandra Powell and Andrew King. It tells the story between art collector and artist and showcases the contemporary work of Rone and Adnate.
“Adnate shares his passion for indigenous cultures and paints large scale, realistic portraits in the streets and Rone is a street artist best known for his haunting, stylised images of women’s faces,” said Bryony Nainby, Director, Benalla Art Gallery.
Modernist paintings depicting the history and identity of Australian life are celebrated in Sidney Nolan: 100 year celebration.
Nolan is best known for his painting series inspired by Australian landscapes, legends and history and featuring figures such as the Kelly Gang, shipwreck victim Eliza Fraser, and the explorers Burke and Wills.
“This exhibition celebrates Nolan’s diverse career and includes paintings, rarely seen photographs, screenprints and the iconic Glenrowan tapestry from his Ned Kelly series, all from the Benalla Art Gallery Collection,” Ms Nainby said.
The exhibition by one of Australia’s most leading artists, Brett Whiteley, West of the Divide, has been extended at the Benalla Art Gallery until 7 May 2017.
“West of the Divide is very relevant to the Benalla Art Gallery,” Ms Nainby said.
“The exhibition focuses on the enduring and magical connection Brett Whiteley had with the region west of the Great Dividing Range,” she said.
“Whiteley found sanctuary and peace visiting the countryside; his senses heightened by the willow and poplar trees, meandering rivers, rocks and unique birds, all of which held special significance for him,” she said.
Artworks have been selected by Wendy Whiteley and the Brett Whiteley Studio.
“These three exhibitions are proving extremely popular and every indication is that we will have very big crowds through the gallery at Easter time.
“We are absolutely looking forward to as many people as possible being able to see these three wonderful exhibitions and examples of Australian art.”
The Benalla Art Gallery is open 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Monday.
For more information visit www.benallaartgallery.com.au and follow Benalla Art Gallery on Facebook and Instagram for regular exhibition updates.