Celebrity Artist at the Gallery

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​The work of Peter O’Doherty, former ‘Mental As Anything’ bassist and now established artist, and his wife Susan are the star attractions at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery in March.

“We’re thrilled to present ‘Moving House’, a collaborative exhibition by Peter and Susan O’Doherty,” said Dr Leigh Summers, Gallery Director/Curator.

“After more than 20 years of touring with ‘Mental As Anything’, Peter O’Doherty is now focused on his visual arts career. He has already won the Paddington Art Prize, the Mosman Art Prize and been a finalist in the Sulman Prize.

“Susan O’Doherty is an abstract painter and is also considered one of Australia’s finest assemblage artists, a reputation built on her conceptual as well as construction skills. Susan has also been a finalist of several prizes and has exhibited paintings and assemblages in Australia and abroad.

“Their joint exhibition explores the process of moving, the passing of time and the uprooting and rebuilding of identity. Paintings in this show reference suburbia in the 1950s, 60s and 70s while the assemblages wittily reference everyday household objects of those decades.

‘Moving House’ is wry and gently nostalgic and will inevitably trigger fond memories in most viewers.”

The artists will also attend the Opening Night at the Gallery on Friday, March 6, from 6pm and will also present a floor talk at a FREE morning tea at the Gallery on Saturday, March 7, at 10am.

Both artists will also be special guests at a Dinner Party held by the Friends of the Gallery group on March 5. Only 30 guests are able to attend and tickets to this event can be booked by calling 0412 668 315.

‘Moving House’ can be seen until April 11.

Works by Nambucca-based artist Val Allen will also be on show at the Gallery during March.
“Val has a keen eye for colour and abstraction,” said Dr Summers.

“Her paintings are confident, lyrical and well-conceived. She is yet another regional artist of great skill and the Gallery is very pleased to be able to present her work - which is also for sale - to the public.”