REAL WORLDS: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2020

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Real Worlds: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2020 presents the work of eight contemporary Australian artists who create extraordinary new worlds in drawings of great complexity and invention.

With drawing as the principal medium, the exhibited works evoke distinctive ways of seeing and making sense of the world. For some, it recreates a physical environment, grounded in a deep connection to place or Country. For others, it is an invention that springs forth from history, memory and the imagination.

Exhibition curator and Art Gallery of NSW curator of Australian art Anne Ryan said the exhibited works evoke distinctive ways of seeing and making sense of the world. “The real world can be reckoned with, be re-seen, be understood anew, as we face its mercurial challenges. While conceived before our wild year of 2020, and created both before and during it, the drawings of Real Worlds speak with urgency and directness to where we are now.”

6 June: Drawing Masterclass with Jack Stahel

The exhibiting artists are Martin Bell (Victoria), Matt Coyle (Tasmania), Nathan Hawkes (NSW), Danie Mellor (NSW), Peter Mungkuri (South Australia), Becc Ország (Victoria), Jack Stahel (NSW) and Helen Wright (Tasmania).

This exhibition is supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.

Image: Danie Mellor. A time of the world’s making 2019 (detail). Collection of the artist. © Danie Mellor. This large drawing installation is informed by Mellor’s ongoing connection with the Country of his mother’s family of the Ngadjon and Mamu peoples in the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. Mellor’s works emphasise the transcendent ecology of nature and give life to cultural histories and Dreaming narratives. 

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  • Saturday, 15 May 2021 | 10:00 AM - Sunday, 18 July 2021 | 04:00 PM


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