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HOMEWARD BOUND: Newcastle Art Gallery virtually showcases work of acclaimed artist Tom Gleghorn

A major retrospective featuring the work of acclaimed artist Tom Gleghorn is currently showing at Newcastle Art Gallery and you can enjoy it all virtually.

The exhibition, HOMEWARD BOUND: the art and life of Tom Gleghorn, features paintings and drawings from the gallery’s collection, including the new major acquisition Landscape Altar – MacDonnell Ranges 1986, as well as works of art on loan from private and public collections.  

Drawn from across the artist’s extraordinary career of more than 70 years, the exhibition also features a new documentary created by journalist and author Scott Bevan specially for the exhibition.  

Gallery director Lauretta Morton said the opportunity to stage the exhibit was an “honour”

“We are deeply honoured to be staging the first major survey of Gleghorn’s work,” she said

Landscape Altar – MacDonnell Ranges 1986 (detail) oil on canvas 242.0 x 196.0cm Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Sandra Dell Andersen 2018 Newcastle Art Gallery collection Courtesy the artist

“His ability to evoke a strong sense of immersion within his compositions, his connection to the Australian landscape, as well as his mastery of colour and form, is strongly represented within this exhibition. 

“As a highly respected senior artist, Gleghorn has influenced the Australian artistic community through not only his own practice but his commitment to education. This survey is long overdue.”

Born in England in 1925, Tom emigrated with his family to Warner’s Bay and had maintained a strong affinity with Lake Macquarie and Newcastle ever since.

Mediterranean souvenir 1966 mixed media on hardboard 122.1 x 137.5 cm Purchased with assistance from the Art Gallery and Conservatorium Committee 1967 Newcastle Art Gallery collection

He was a student of the iconic William Dobell and grew to be a contemporary of artists such as John Coburn and Robert Dickerson, earning a reputation as one of Australia’s finest and most influential abstract expressionists.

“Despite the difficult circumstances, the Gallery team has worked hard to continue to stage the exhibition,” Lauretta said.

“We’ve developed several exciting ways in which our audience will be able to engage with the exhibition while our doors are temporarily closed.”

HOMEWARD BOUND: the art and life of Tom Gleghorn is on at Newcastle Art Gallery until Sunday 19 July.

Head here for more info and to take a virtual tour.

 

Written by Newcastle Live

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