12 September 2016 Be a Fly on the Wall

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12 September 2016 Be a Fly on the Wall

Conversation with artists

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery is offering art-lovers the opportunity to sit in on a fascinating conversation between two prominent artists at a special event on the final weekend of the current exhibitions on September 24.

‘In Conversation: Angus Nivison and Christopher Hodges’ brings together two of Australia’s leading artists – and good friends - to talk about what inspires their passion for art, being an artist and collecting.

Artist and Gallery Director Christopher Hodges has been exhibiting paintings and sculptures regularly since the late 1970s and his work is in many public, private and corporate collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Queensland Art Gallery. He is influenced by hard edge, minimalist abstraction and pop art. More than 30 of his works are also held in the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery collection.

As Gallery Director of Utopia Art Sydney, he works with some of Australia’s most celebrated indigenous and non-indigenous artists, including Angus Nivison.

Former Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) winner and significant Australian artist Angus Nivison has been showing a series of landscapes called ‘Six Years’ at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. This collection was partly inspired by a trip to Japan and also a three-month residency in Paris at the Art Gallery of New South Wales Cité Studio.

Many of Nivison’s works are held in national collections in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank, Australian Consolidated Press, Macquarie Group Collection, as well as in numerous regional gallery collections.

“My work mostly deals with landscape, memory and the human condition,” he says. “The paintings are really a personal dialogue. I offer the viewer the image and a title, it is then up to the viewer to complete the conversation.” 

‘In Conversation’ will be an afternoon cheese and wine event which will be held from 2pm-4pm at the Gallery on the corner of Coff and Duke Streets. Entry is $15.75 per person.

Booking is essential via http://nivisonhodgesincoversation.eventbrite.com.au or the Gallery section​.