This oil-on-linen artwork Boxfish, southern Tasmania by Bill Yaxley is part of the fishy exhibition at Lismore Regional Gallery opening this Friday.
This oil-on-linen artwork Boxfish, southern Tasmania by Bill Yaxley is part of the fishy exhibition at Lismore Regional Gallery opening this Friday.

Art runs deep in latest exhibition

Australia is a big land. But most of its people live near the coast so it’s no surprise that many of our artists take their inspiration from the sea.

The exhibition Art out of water: the fish of art at Lismore Regional Gallery recognises the diverse ways that fish have been a part of Australian art during the last century. (Fish have always loomed large in Australian art but this exhibtion focuses on more recent artworks.)

Fish are important in Aussie art. Pity that many of them are being wiped out by commercial greed and rampant pollution, but that’s another story.

Art out of water: the fish of art was originally curated by Brett Adlington and Meryl Ryan for the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Brett was then curator at that gallery but has recently returned to Lismore (where he grew up) to be the new director of Lismore Regional Gallery.

Artists in the exhibition include Doug Archibald, Narelle Autio, Gordon Bennett, Campfire Group, John Davis, Julie Fragar, Dennis Nona, Craig Koomeeta, Margaret Preston and Anne Zahalka.

The exhibition at Lismore Regional Gallery also includes artists with a connection to the Northern Rivers – Digby Moran, Melissa Hirsch, Jacqui Williams and Anita Lord.

Art out of water: the fish of art opens at the gallery this Friday, February 19, at 5.30pm, and will be opened by Professor Peter Harrison, Director of the SCU Whale Research Centre and Marine Studies at SCU.

The exhibition runs until April 17.


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