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'Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in New Guinea' Art Exhibition

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by Wendy (subscribe)
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Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in New Guinea is an art exhibition that presents the work produced by William Dobell, following his two journeys he ventured to New Guinea in 1949 and 1950. On his second trip, he extended his travels to Port Moresby and took a boat trip on the Sepik River, from which he drew his inspiration and reflected his love for the place and people in his work.

Painter in Paradise: William Dobell
Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in New Guinea exhibition is showing at S.H.Ervin Gallery


This exhibition offers a rare opportunity for the public to come to see the artist's less known work when compared to his widely-known portrait paintings. Through the sketches, watercolours, photographs and artist's paintings from private and public collections, I found that the artist's work vividly captured the essence of the place and people; the village life, beautiful landscape and the people in the highlands of New Guinea. In particular, I was impressed with those paintings revolved around the thatchers (which are also known as native builders); it's simply captivating as it appeared that the artist had effortlessly brought them to live.

Additionally, the exhibition shows some of the items collected in New Guinea, including head decoration, man's nose ornament, bow and arrows, belt, pearl shell necklace and much more. There's a video available for viewing in the exhibition. Don't miss out.

How to get there
You can take public transport and walk to the gallery as well as driving. More information here.
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Why? A rare opportunity where you can view the little known work produced by William Dobell
When: TUES - SUN: 11am-5pm;Closed Mondays & public holidays
Phone: (02) 9258 0173
Where: Watson Road,Observatory Hill, The Rocks
Cost: $7.00 - General Admission;$5.00 - Seniors and Concessions;$4.00 - National Trust Members; (children under 12 free)
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