Keeping Company With The Collection at Manly Art Gallery and Museum 8 Nov – 1 Dec 2013

Keeping Company With The Collection is an exhibition of new works by artists from Sydney’s Northern Beaches exhibited alongside a selection of the Manly Art Gallery & Museum collection archives which inspired their work.

Opening Friday 8 November 6-8pm. To be opened by Katherine Roberts Senior Curator MAG&M

Exhibition dates: 8 November – 1 December 2013

Artists in conversation Sunday 24 November, 3-4pm

Recollection, oil on linen on board, 2013

Recollection, oil on linen on board, 55.5 x 61cm, 2013

Abstract by Ralph Balson has been applied to further explore my current work, which looks at the anxiety of the Australian bush through ‘lost children’ narratives. The wonder and intrigue of the Australian bush and landscape lured children to wander further from the safety of their known environment, often to their detriment and peril. The decision to obscure the faces of the children with a broad sweeping brush aims to evoke a sense of loss. Recollection is a direct reaction to the colour palette and gestural marks Balson used to create his painting. I have combined elements of realism and abstraction via Balson’s dynamic paint application and composition to suggest a deeper psychological space.


Ralph Balsen, Abstract, 1958, oil on composition board 61 x 76cm