Beyond Woop Woop: John Kelly’s Antarctic Paintings
12 June - 20 September 2015
In 2013, Australian artist John Kelly travelled to Antarctica supported by an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship. The two month period on the icy continent and the 21 day journey on the ice-breaker Aurora Australis inspired the captivating series of paintings presented in this exhibition.
Kelly travelled with a light easel and a carrycase that contained canvas boards, paints and brushes. This system enabled him great flexibility, providing access to remote sites where he painted subjects as diverse as penguins, snow petrels, amphibious vehicles, helicopters and research stations to establish a many-sided view of Antarctic life. Remarkably, nearly all of the paintings were created en plein air in the freezing conditions.
‘Woop Woop’ is the larrikin-name of the airbase at Australia's Casey Station in Antarctica which appealed to Kelly’s dual senses of humour and isolation. Aptly titled Beyond Woop Woop, the exhibition also depicts Kelly’s exultant response to the Antarctic landscape: the vastness, strangeness and magnificence of its mountains, icebergs, and the light night sky.
This exhibition is presented by TMAG in association with Dark Mofo. The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.
John Kelly, First Berg (2013), oil on canvas board.
City of Hobart Art Prize 2015
18 September - 29 November 2015
Argyle Galleries 1-3
The City of Hobart Art Prize 2015 presents a broad survey contemporary art exhibition from a national perspective in the media of ceramics and drawing.
This annual exhibition is coordinated and presented by the City of Hobart, and brings together the best of contemporary visual arts, craft and design practice.
The Prize is an acquisitive award open to artists, designers and craftspeople Australia-wide.
For further information, visit the City of Hobart Prize website.