Past Imperfect – Future Conditional
Exhibition: 26 November to 13 December 2014
Opening: Saturday 29 November 3pm–5pm
Rae Richards Tree of Life 1974, applique on wool, 153 x 260.5 cm. The University of Newcastle Art Collection.
Rae Richards has been making art since she arrived in Newcastle in 1957.
She has exhibited in the Wynne Prize and the Sir John Sulman Prize and in the Qantas Gallery in London, but most regularly in Newcastle, where she was a member of the celebrated Low Show group of painters that brought modernism to the city in the early 1960s.
She held regular exhibitions at the von Bertouch Galleries of both paintings and the appliquéd fabric banners which reached a high point in the comprehensive decorative scheme for Christ Church Cathedral, as well as many other public commissions.
In paintings, textile works and decorated ceramics for over fifty years, the common theme has been life enhancement, a personal celebration undiluted by trends or fashions.
This exhibition contains work from throughout a long career; major banners for public buildings, paintings from public and private collections, including the University of Newcastle, and the series of still life studies which have continued to command the attention of this committed artist up to the present day.
Curated by Jill Stowell and Gillean Shaw.