EXHIBITION | 'Night Vision' George Gittoes

Published on 12 Jul 2016 1:48:58 pm

George Gittoes wearing Night Vision goggles


OPENING NIGHT: Friday 29th July 2016, 6 - 8pm

ARTIST TALK: Saturday 30th July 2016, 11am 



MOVIE SCREENING: Saturday 30th July 2016, 1.30pm

BOOK LAUNCH: Saturday 30th July 2016, from 4pm onwards





One of Australia’s most important and controversial artists, George Gittoes will hold an exhibition of his life’s work at Mitchell Fine Art from July 27th.

Represented in some of Australia’s most prestigious collections, Night Vision will be Gittoes first exhibition in Brisbane.

For nearly 4 decades Gittoes has documented the best and worst of some of the world’s most notorious human conflicts in Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Nicaragua, South Africa and Afghanistan. 

His artworks capture the atrocities and attacks on basic human rights and have typically reflected his social, political and humanitarian observations of mans treatment of his fellow man” says Mike Mitchell, Director Mitchell Fine Art.  “His artworks are both confronting and thought provoking”.

"Night Vision explores the ideas of why these events happen and what drives humanity to act the way it does. It explores the darker and even the supernatural elements” says Mitchell. 

The body of work in this exhibition has been created over the past 30 years and concentrates on imagery relating to a series of unpublished novels and essays written by Gittoes.

In 2015 Gittoes was awarded the prestigious Sydney Peace Prize in recognition of his life’s work in contributing to the peace making process.

As an artist he has received critical acclaim. A frequent finalist in numerous prestigious Australian art awards Gittoes has won the Blake Prize twice for religious art and the Wynne Prize in 1993. 2016 will be the fourth time he has been selected for the Sulman Prize. He has also been a finalist on several occasions in the Archibald Prize.

One of his most important paintings ‘The Preacher’ was acquired this year by the National Gallery of Australia.

The exhibition ‘Night Vision’ officially opens at Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley on Friday 29th July at 6pm. Gittoes will be in attendance on opening night. 

The exhibition is showing from 27th July to August 20th.

On Saturday July 30th George Gittoes will conduct an artist talk in the gallery beginning at 11am. Following this there will be a screening of his latest film ‘Snow Monkey’ and the launch of his new book ‘Night Vision’ at QAGOMA from 1.30pm. A finalist in several International Film festivals the movie offers an insight into the Taliban stronghold of Jalalabad in Afghanistan.

Gittoes will also be at the screening of his movie and available for book signing.

For any information regarding the exhibition or available works please contact the gallery on 07 3254 2297 or gallery@mitchellfineartgallery.com


Kudditji Kame Kngwarreye & Idris Murphy exhibition, showing from June 10th.

A selection of Aboriginal and Contemporary artworks available in the gallery stockroom.

Congratulations to 2020 John Leslie Art Prize Finalist Min-Woo Bang.