1 June - 26 June
Waterways shape the environment around them just as they are shaped by the existing landscape, and necessitate life wherever they flow. Waterways is an exhibition of paintings that capture IAN MARR’s engagement with watercourses including the Darling/Barka River, Bettowynd Creek and Manar Creek, which hold personal significance to the artist.
As MARR explains: “All my life there have been watercourses close by: creeks, rivers, streams – at home and in nearly all the places I have lived on my travels, in Ireland, Scotland, Finland and France. The original watercourse for me of all these is the Darling/Barka at Wilcannia, which has its beauty even in distressing times, but is ravishing, as it is now, with a surge of river flows from subtropical eastern Australia filling its course. This is the river that I knew as a child. On its banks are steam boilers which powered pumps, steam winches, wool presses and shearing machinery, amid the venerable corridor of ancient trees. Near our old home are broad rocky outcrops, interspersed with sandy reaches and deep cool waterholes. The two other waterways in this show are the Bettowynd Creek, which falls to the Moruya River, where we had a farm for ten years, and the Manar Creek, which falls to the Shoalhaven. Eliot Gruner was a friend of the Deuchar Gordan family, who owned Manar, and he painted assiduously there in the 1930s: the scenes in this show are from two of his favourite places, a site above the homestead and at the old family burial ground.
“This show continues my long-established fondness for oil on copper painting, based on loose and rapid plein air copper drawing with felt pens. With a degree of glowing transparency, oil on copper can partly emulate water.”
IAN MARR has worked as a full-time artist since 2000. Having shown in over eighty-five group exhibitions and countless solo exhibitions MARR is extensively represented in public collections including the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; Bourke Shire Council; Broken Hill City Art Gallery; Curfew Tower, Cushendall, Northern Ireland; Greater Shepparton City Council; Kedumba Collection, Wentworth Falls; Mildura Arts Centre; North Sydney Council; Orange Botanical Gardens, Orange Regional Gallery; Sydney Conservatorium of Music & Wingecarribee Shire Council. MARR is also represented extensively in private collections in Australia and Ireland. An avid traveller, IAN MARR has completed eleven artist’s residences since 2003 across Australia, China, Finland and New Zealand. In 2007 MARR had a solo exhibition at Bathurst Regional Gallery, titled Beautiful Chaos, and in 2009 he was the winner of the 20th Kedumba Drawing Award.