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Queensland Live

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Scott Redford
Surf painting/Modernist house (detail) 2000
Purchased 2001. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation

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Anne Wallace
Sometimes I wonder (detail) 2005
Purchased 2005 with funds from the Estate of Margaet Hockey, OAM, through and with the assistance of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation

‘Queensland Live: Contemporary Art on Tour’

Contemporary art in Queensland is vibrant, energetic and unexpected. This exhibition includes works by 11 of Queensland’s leading artists, and is a snapshot of the excellence, diversity and achievement found in the visual arts in this state today.

‘Queensland Live: Contemporary Art on Tour’ is a condensed selection from a far wider field; one that is rich, varied and very sure of its place in the world. The majority of works in this exhibition date from the last ten years, but most of the artists have been practising their art for decades more. They have studied, travelled and exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally.

Each artist has a distinctive personal vocabulary, expressed through a deliberately honed practice, and the diversity of materials and methods seen in ‘Queensland Live’ speaks to the individuality and the independence of the artists. Each has pursued their own path; each has their own vision of the world. And their works demonstrate precisely why we turn to artists – for new and fresh ways to see our world.

Some of these re-imaginings refer directly to living in Queensland. Scott Redford, for example, plays with highly charged and colourful images of the Gold Coast, where he grew up and where his family still lives; Judy Watson’s paintings and prints find their most fundamental inspiration in the country of her Aboriginal grandmother in far north-west Queensland around Riversleigh Station and Lawn Hill Gorge; and we could hazard a guess that Luke Roberts’s Wunderkammer/Kunstkamera still resonates with the sense of wonder from a childhood in Alpha, in central western Queensland.

All 11 artists pose questions that are crucial to contemporary Australia: Who do we see? How do we see? These issues are also at the heart of ‘Queensland Live’, as this group of 11 very different people, from totally different backgrounds, pursue their ideas and their ideals, as artists and as Queenslanders.

Tour dates

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum
22 February – 25 April 2006

Logan Art Gallery
23 May – 8 July 2006

Bundaberg Arts Centre
19 July – 3 September 2006

KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns
13 September – 19 November 2006

Ipswich Art Gallery
2 December 2006 – 11 February 2007

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland
25 February – 15 April 2007

Artspace Mackay
4 May – 8 July 2007

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
23 August – 7 October 2007

The tour will conclude at the Queensland Art Gallery in 2008. 

Exhibition resources

Queensland Live’ Webography lists online resources which complement the exhibition.

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