Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

From the Surreal to the Real

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

From the Surreal to the Real

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Byline: Jude McBean Director at Grafton Regional Gallery

THEe retrospective exhibition by Keith Pickard presents paintings and sculpture from 1975 through to the mid 1990s. The work moves from the 1970's surrealism through to a graphic realism in the paintings. His sculptures, which have been created in his later artistic life, retain surreal techniques combined with influences from Papua New Guinea.

The works reflect the various cultures the artist has experienced during his international life including living in New Guinea, India, Pakistan and Laos. Keith Pickard was born in Australia in 1928 and moved with his family as a child to England..

His early work was surreal, born of the major influences the European surrealists Max Ernst and Salvador Dali. They are often humorous paintings, with titles like 'You're so vain you probably think this painting is about you'.

Keith had two of his paintings woven by the Aubusson Weavers in France in 1973 and he has presented exhibitions in Port Moresby, North Queensland, Brisbane and Sydney as well as New Delhi in India and Islamabad in Pakistan.

Though technically retired, Keith continues to work in timber and stone to create sculptures at his home in Grafton.

Hey Rona

Rona Green's fantastical figurative prints and poppets are on display at the Grafton Regional Gallery in a solo exhibition very appropriately called 'You can dress them up but you can't take them out'. This is a reference to the tattooed hybrid characters she creates, mostly human with heads that are half way between a human and a dog, rabbit, cat or bird.

Cats and dogs are the most popular. The artist had a cat for most of her childhood and this emotional link to animals is evident in her hand-coloured linocuts and poppets. The linocuts are large graphic images while the poppets made of printed fabric hand sewn and placed in a stark landscape that references night time laneways and industrial roads. …

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