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A multi-talented artist who loved South Australian landscape
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 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.
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.
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.