Cowboys coming to Caddies
Jimmy Willing’s latest exhibition, Penny Dreadful, takes its name from the 19th century serialised pulp fiction novels. The books in turn influenced cowboy movies, in particular the Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone and Jimmy considers these artworks to be ‘Kangaroo Westerns’.
“Not missing a stitch, I have painted the boots, buckles, spurs, grit and even the dirt. I love the notion of the cowboy whose church is the moon and the stars and who finds his spirituality in wild places; that’s my kind of fella. In reality the cowboy was a lowly paid rural worker but his simple resourceful close-to-nature lifestyle made him mythic and he has become a romantic icon. For me these ideas have created a deep yearning for a world that has all but disappeared,” he said.
The exhibition will open at Caddies in Lismore on Friday, June 11 at 5.30pm with live music from urban cowboys The Fuelers and Black Train.