The mythical power of love is the theme behind Sydney Peace Prize Winner George Gittoes latest exhibition.
In a complete stylistic shift from his figurative documentation of war, Gittoes revisits an abstract style in his new exhibition. Opening September 19th, ‘Lovers’ explores the mystery of love.
For decades George Gittoes work has documented a disturbing and unrelenting trail across multiple platforms of war, genocide and vicious conflict. His figurative paintings are known to be evocative, sometimes disturbing and always frighteningly real as he holds a mirror up to mankind.
As an artist he has received critical acclaim. In 1995 he was awarded the Blake Prize for religious art for one of his most important paintings ‘The Preacher’. In 2008 he was awarded an honourary Dr of Letters by the University of NSW.
His work has been collected by the Queensland Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, The Powerhouse Museum and the National Gallery of Australia, amongst others. He is in numerous public and private collections around the world.
This year marks the 50th year of his incredible undeviating journey to document and throw a light on what humans are capable of in times of war and conflict. However, you won’t find the maimed or displaced in his latest exhibition.
Gittoes reveals that this theme has been the message central to his life’s work – ‘to make love on war’. This series of paintings are not unrelated to his previous works, rather they encapsulate everything that he has forever been trying to convey. Amidst all the pain and suffering, love can survive.
These abstract, mystical works are reminiscent of rarely seen Gittoes artworks from the late 1960’s. Gittoes has utilised wood block stamps collected over many years throughout Afghanistan. Some of which have been dated by Peshawar University as being over 1000 years old. The result is a collection of multi-dimensional and highly intricate artworks full of historical content and layers of meaning.
Join George Gittoes for the opening of ‘Lovers’ on Friday 21st September from 6 – 8pm.
On Saturday 22nd September at 2pm, George will hold an Artist talk in the gallery discussing his work and inspiration. All events are free.
The exhibition is showing from 19th September – 13th October 2018 at Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley Brisbane.
NEED TO KNOW
OPENING NIGHT : Friday 21st September, 6 – 8pm
ARTIST TALK : Saturday 22nd September, 2pm
Exhibition Dates : 19th Sept – 13th October 2018
All events are free.
Mitchell Fine Art is located at 86 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane with onsite parking available. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm and Saturdays from 10am – 5.00pm.
For enquiries phone (07) 3254 2297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org