A Time and A Place: Landscapes

Polo Club, Geebung 1974, Pro Hart. Oil on composition board. From the Griffith University Art Collection. Photo by Carl Warner

Exploring the influence Australian and Aboriginal artists have had in shaping our culture and understanding, A Time and a Place: Landscapes from the Griffith University Art Collection features contemporary and historical artworks acquired since the early 1980s.

Open now at the South Bank campus and running through to April 18, the exhibition aims to engage and reflect diverse art histories and visual languages, analysing how it exemplifies ideas related to particular moments in time.

Griffith Artworks Acting Director Naomi Evans says the exhibition pays tribute to the enormous contribution made by artists in challenging and effecting transformation in our narratives and perspectives in respect of the land.

A Time and A Place tracks developments in notions of the landscape, our physical and observable environment, and extends consideration to psychological landscapes, spaces that are felt or remembered as well as seen,” she explains.

“Here we pay tribute to some of the most senior names in Australian art, like the late Paddy Japaljarri Sims, a respected and renowned elder from our continent’s central western desert, and one of the men that painted the original Yuendemu Doors, considered a watershed moment in our history.

Gary Carsley, Photo by Carl Warner.
D98/I 2010-11, D98/III 2010-11, D98/VI 2010-11, Gary Carsley. Satin laminated Lambda monoprint, Ripolin synthetic polymer paint. From the Griffith University Art Collection. Photo by Carl Warner.

“Also Victorian artist Fred Williams, known for shattering conventional depictions of the Australian landscape, with his perspective negating horizon lines to instead figure expanses of scrub, brittle trees and cliff faces with calligraphic brevity.

“Williams was the first Australian to present a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1977, and the modestly scaled print in our collection is from one of his most highly regarded series featuring the granite ridges of the You Yangs, between Melbourne and Geelong in Victoria.

“The exhibition also features artists that have a strong connection to areas in our vast State.

“Scott Redford, continues to put the Gold Coast and Brisbane on the map in art terms, while Fiona Foley has travelled the world with her art only to keep returning to Brisbane, and her family heritage from Thoorgine or Fraser Island and the Harvey Bay area,” she says.

The exhibition is curated by Lisa Bryan-Brown and Naomi Evans and is drawn entirely from the Griffith University’s own art Collection.

Over the last two years, Griffith University Art Gallery has doubled the amount of exhibitions drawn from University’s own Art Collection as part of its annual program, with the goal of exhibiting many works that have not been shown since their time of acquisition.

Griffith University Art Gallery is the public gallery of Griffith University, curating, researching and exhibiting Australian and international contemporary art at the Queensland College of Art campus, for the wider community.


Griffith University Art Gallery, 140 Grey St, South Bank

Curators talk: Wednesday 18 March at 12.45pm

Artists featured:

  • Peter Alwast
  • Barbara Campbell
  • Gary Carsley
  • Fiona Foley
  • Rosalie Gascoigne
  • Pro Hart
  • Derek Kreckler
  • David Perry
  • Scott Redford
  • William Robinson
  • Dick Roughsey
  • Paddy Japaljarri Sims
  • Rover Thomas
  • Richard Tipping
  • Fred Williams
  • Nora Wompi
  • William Yaxley
  • Anne Zahalka

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