BEAVER Galleries’ newest exhibitions, opening tomorrow, Thursday September 5, feature two of Canberra’s most highly respected artists, John Pratt and Anita McIntyre.A printmaker, painter and drawer, Pratt explores how physical surroundings evoke various states of being. His recent works on paper are inspired by imagery found within a domestic garden setting.
Pratt says, “While the suburban garden or yard is often reduced to the familiar or overlooked these drawings/prints through their intimate and close observation attempt to locate these ‘fragments’ within broader and more enduring themes”.
Pratt has been exhibiting in Australia and overseas for more than 30 years. a lecturer in the Printmedia and Drawing workshop at the School of Art at the Australian National University, he is represented in many collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and the State Library of NSW.
Also familiar to art lovers for over 30 years, Anita McIntyre’s ceramic works draw on the Australian landscape. Her porcelain paper clay forms and vessels evoke a true sense of place. First hand observation and memories of certain landscapes are combined with historical and topographic references, allowing Anita to visually express her own very personal relationship with the land, underpinned by her acknowledgment of the spiritual connection between the land and its indigenous owners.
McIntyre’s work has also been inspired by locations with resonance to her family history and colonial ancestry with some work metaphorically positioning her in the middle of a compass.
Her connection with the landscape, history and environment of these locations is depicted via an abstract language of text, gestural markings and cultural symbols.
Anita McIntyre was an early graduate in ceramics at the Canberra School of Art and is presently a visiting fellow and lecturer in Ceramics at the ANU.She is a tireless and active member of arts boards and committees, most recently serving on the board of Belconnen Arts Centre. Her work is represented in collections throughout Australia, including the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
Works by John Pratt and Anita McIntyre at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison St Deakin, September 5 – 24, Tuesday to Friday10am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm.