Bill Henson's Untitled 3 2018–19 from the series Untitled 2018–19 Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the artist, Tolarno Galleries and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Acclaimed photographer turns lens on real life in new exhibition

He is the acclaimed fine art photographer whose work has adorned such galleries as New York’s Guggenheim Museum, Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris and the National Gallery of Victoria.

And now Newcastle Art Gallery is showcasing the work of Bill Henson in a new travelling exhibition by the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)

The Light Fades but the Gods Remain showcases two key series by Henson, exploring the Melbourne suburb of Glen Waverley, where the artist grew up.

In celebration of MGA’s 25th anniversary, Henson was commissioned to revisit the suburb of his childhood and to produce a new body of work that reflects upon his earlier series Untitled 1985-86, which became known by many as the ‘suburban series’.

It offers a rare insight into the artist as he revisits his childhood stomping ground to explore notions of home while elevating the everyday from the mundane into the realm of romantic beauty.

Newcastle Art Gallery is also displaying a selection of 13 Bill Henson works from the city’s collection to compliment the exhibition.

“This exhibition will provide a thought-provoking experience for visitors, it strongly captures a sense of place and highlights our universal desire to belong,” Newcastle Art Gallery Director Lauretta Morton said.

“With four decades of Henson’s photography on display, the two exhibitions showcase the thematic range of the artist’s practice, as well as the strength and breadth of Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection.”

The Light Fades but the Gods Remain is on exhibition at Newcastle Art Gallery until Sunday 16 May. Head here for more information.