The Animal Ark exhibition features works from the State Art Collection that highlight the many ways in which the animal motif has been used by generations of artists. A family activity space and art trails will make it a great adventure for the young ones, and the underlying exploration of mythology, symbolism and representation of animals through paintings, sculpture, decorative art and works on paper, will appeal to adults as well.
Exhibition highlights include well-known favourites such as Hans Heysen’s Droving into the Light along with Septimus Power’s poignant evocations of the working horse and paintings of mythological subjects by Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd, to contemporary paintings by Jenny Watson and Rosslynd Piggott, sculpture by Darren Sylvester and James Angus and video work by Sonia Leber and David Chesworth entitled The Way You Move me resulting from their recent IASKA residency in the wheat belt town of Moora. Indigenous art features strongly in the exhibition with artists such as Rover Thomas, Jimmy Pike, Karen Casey, Sally Morgan and Clinton Nairn whose work explores the representation and importance of animals in the telling of ancestral stories.
- WHEN: 7 June - 17 October 2014
- WHERE: Art Gallery of WA
- COST: FREE