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Unnatural History; The Tower Hill Project by Hobie Porter

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Porter and von Guerard at The WAG
Warrnambool Art Gallery celebrates 130 years with a stunning visual commemoration.

This is the intriguing and inspiring story of how a landscape artist from the 19th Century helped breathe life and biodiversity back to an iconic Australian landscape. A unique landscape, shaped by a volcano, which had become no more than a community rubbish dump.

Unnatural History; The Tower Hill Project by Hobie Porter
Tower Hill in 1855 - painting by Austrian artist Eugene von Guerard


To celebrate their 130th anniversary this year, The Warrnambool Art Gallery are proud to be exhibiting the breathtaking work of Hobie Porter and his Unnatural History; The Tower Hill Project - opening night is this Friday night, 15th January at 6:30pm.

Unnatural History; The Tower Hill Project by Hobie Porter
'Disturbance' oil on polyester by Hobie Porter - image courtesy of artist and WAG



Tower Hill, a now inactive volcano whose ancient eruptions created a distinguished landscape of scoria cones and crater lakes on Victoria's Southern coastline, between Warrnambool and Port Fairy. A thriving environment that had also been long inhabited by the Koroitgundidj people but was devastatingly plundered over the century since
Eugene von Guerard painted it is 1855.

Unnatural History; The Tower Hill Project by Hobie Porter
Porter at work in his studio in Northern NSW - image courtesy of artist


During the 1960's a determined and ambitious revegetation project was launched and von Guerard's painting of the area was crucial in reestablishing the endemic biodiversity. His attention to the botanical detail of the area was paramount significance.

Hobie Porter's exhibition commemorates 160 years since von Guerard painted Tower Hill. Porter's visually nourishing pieces are a true celebration of artist integrity and the success of the revegetation work in the area.

Unnatural History; The Tower Hill Project by Hobie Porter
'A Foreign Native' painting by Hobie Porter - image courtesy of artist


There are many similarities between von Guerard's and Porter's attention to detail and the Warrnambool Art Gallery has both artists paintings in their acquisition. Porter's ravishing landscapes can leave one breathless. Overlaid objects in each piece; the fossicked discoveries by Porter on-sight, illustrate connections and initiate conversations about the similarities between the microcosms and the macro.

Unnatural History; The Tower Hill Project by Hobie Porter opens at the Warrnambool Art Gallery on Friday 15th January and the exhibition is open until 17th April.


Unnatural History; The Tower Hill Project by Hobie Porter
Unnatural History; The Tower Hill Project by Hobie Porter - image courtesy of artist and WAG
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Why? Your chance to see stunning artwork by an incredibly talented Australian artist
When: Opening night Friday 15th January 2016 - exhibition runs until 17th April 2016
Phone: 61 3 5559 49 49
Where: Warrnambool Art Gallery
Cost: Free
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