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Gordon Mart's Adelaide at Mrs Harris

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A multi-talented artist who loved South Australian landscape
Gordon Mart, art, Mrs Harris, painting, oil painting, Adelaide artists, local artist
Mt Sonder, 1981, oil painting

This exhibition is a retrospective of work by the Adelaide artist Gordon Mart, following his death at the age of 96 in July last year. The collection on show this month at Mrs Harris' Shop represents just a small proportion of his work.

The show focuses on his landscapes, and displays over forty oil paintings, from the early 1980s onwards. He is particularly well known for his sensitive portrayals of skies, clouds and reflections.

Gordon Mart, art, artist, oil painting, Mrs Harris, local artist
Breakwater Broadway, 1998, oil painting

Gordon Mart was always insistent on the importance of the role of drawing as an underlying structure to his paintings, so a valuable component of this exhibition is a small display of some of his many sketchbooks.

Mt Barker, local artist, landscape painting, oil painting, Mrs Harris
From Mount Barker, 1987, oil painting

Gordon Mart was multi talented. He excelled as a designer, tool-maker, easel maker and woodworker. In addition to all this, he was a renowned artist and became a Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts.

He began studying drawing as a young man and kept up his studies throughout World War II. After the war he received the John Christie Wright Prize for Life Drawing which enabled him to continue classes, focusing primarily on drawing from the figure.

portrait, head study, drawing, chalk and charcoal, Gordon Mart, local artist, gallery, exhibition, Mrs Harris
Head Study in red and black conte, 1998,

He resumed his art studies in the early 1970s, turning this time to sketching and outdoor painting, and he also began to make his name as a portrait painter.

Port Noarlunga, landscape painting, oil painting, exhibition, local artist, Mrs Harris, art
Port Noarlunga, 1999, oil painting

Gordon Mart's Adelaide features some of his favourite subjects, including Port Adelaide, the South Australian coast and the Adelaide Hills.

Port River, landscape painting, Gordon Mart, Adelaide, South Australian painter, Mrs Harris
Port River, oil painting

Port Stanvac, landscape painting, Gordon Mart, Mrs Harris, gallery, art
Port Stanvac from Henley Beach, 1991, oil painting

This exhibition marks a small departure from the gallery's normal routine: it's a 'cash and carry' (or if you prefer a 'credit and carry') arrangement, meaning you can take your purchase home with you before the exhibition finishes.

Gordon Mart's Adelaide opens at Mrs Harris' Shop on Friday 13 January, then continues on Saturdays and Sundays 11am 3pm until Sunday 5 February.

Mrs Harris' Shop, 36 Jervois Street, Torrensville 5031
0452 614 613
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Why? Take home a masterpiece by a multi-talented local artist
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 11am - 3pm
Phone: 0452614613
Where: Mrs Harris' Shop, 36 Jervois St, Torrensville, 5031
Cost: Free
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Fabulous way to celebrate Australia, particularly South Australia, in this lovely exhibition!
by Jo Harris (score: 1|31) 1375 days ago
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