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The South Australian outback comes to the city
Gallery One is a local arts collective run out of Mitcham; it is an independent and not-for-profit initiative. It runs art and craft classes that are described as inspiring and fun. Some of the classes offered include quilting, life drawing, crochet and knitting and creative drawing. It also promotes various eclectic art exhibitions. The current exhibition focuses on Arkaroola and beyond.
This features the artworks of Andrew Barr, a Canadian born Scientist, University Lecturer and artist. He is exhibiting art that showcases that vivid "red centre colour pallet", uniquely South Australian landscape.
Andrew Barr spoke at the opening of the launch of this exhibition on Friday, February 6th. He related is love of science, art and nature. "Science and Art has been my passion for many years." Andrew Barr is a landscape painter and illustrator, capturing images from remote areas around South Australia.
Andrew is a member of the Scientific Expedition Group (SEG) that does biological surveys for the SA database. During his time on these surveys, he is able to sketch and photograph flora and fauna and well as the landscape. As outsider he has come to know and love the red coloured ranges of the Flinders Ranges and beyond.
He started painting in the 70s after coming to Australia from his home country Canada. His first painting exhibition was in Canberra after going down the Franklin River. Since then, he has had regular exhibitions in Darwin and Adelaide during SALA. This is his fifth Solo exhibition.
This exploration of what Andrew called 'going bush' has been a culmination of learning about and from the land. Andrew paints the red, gold and amber hues of the rugged rocks in contrast to the wide blue skies. The rich dark red of the soil with the olive green tenacious vegetation. His most recent work shows a more fluid approach with large canvases and confident use of colour.
The audience at the launch heard from one of the leaders of the scientific expeditions, Dr Richard Willing, President. He shared how valued Andrew's work was on the scientific excursions, but also divulged he was a great cook. A skill that was carefully noted by the gallery coordinators for later use!
Andrew's paintings show his real love for the South Australian outback landscape. He has taken on the mantle of painting this rich and still undervalued landscape. Many South Australians have not visited Arkaroola, myself included. But my curiosity is aroused after hearing the work of the scientific expeditions and seeing the rich red panorama of this landscape.
Gallery One also features the work of Bill McSwain's pottery. Gifts and cards are for sale. All proceeds from the Arkaroola exhibition are divided between the Scientific Expedition Group (SEG), Gallery One and the artist.
More from the Gallery One shop, Bill McSwain's wonderful pottery.
This solo exhibition will be at Gallery One in the Mitcham Cultural Village from Jan 31 to Feb 20, 2015. Further information on Gallery One is available on their Facebook page here, or their website here