Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Hangers Not Painters; Farmers like Landscapes and Lament the Cut in Nude and Rude Art

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Hangers Not Painters; Farmers like Landscapes and Lament the Cut in Nude and Rude Art

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Byline: DIGBY HILDRETH Senior reporter

THEY rejoice in the name of The Hangers and they have an award named after them in the Bentley Art Prize celebrations.

But the farmers who make up the Bentley Hall Committee and who have gathered religiously every year to support the art prize frankly admit they don't know much about art a and that many of the hundreds of works they hang every year leave them cold.

Lloyd Armstrong, at 81 the oldest of the Hangers, expressed the unanimous view of the group who were at the hall yesterday when he said: aNormally farmers are not into abstract art. We like landscapes, mainly.

aA lot of the works that are shown here don't do anything for us.a

His fellow farmer, George McKenna, agreed that paintings of rural scenes were also his favourite.

However, he lamented the drop-off in a certain genre over recent years.

aWe used to have a bit of rude stuff, but they've cut it out.

aThere's none any more. …

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