We visited the wonderful Drill Hall Gallery at ANU this week to see their new show, Antarctica. It was a response to Antarctica by diverse artists, whose work was produced over a span of decades. Sydney Nolan’s work from the 1960s sat cheek by jowl with the contemporary work of Britain’s Phillip Hughes.
Jorg Schmeisser though, really caught my eye. I had never heard of him, but this artist has a huge international profile and was in fact the head of Printmaking at ANU for some 20 years.
Jorg Schmeisser, I am leaving, watercolour and gouache, 2002, 28 x 38cm
Jorg Schmeisser, I cannot read you II, watercolour and gouache, 2001, 27 x 47cm
There was also a large sprawling series of prints by Bea Maddock, encorporating text. Nolan’s work, on loan from AGNSW, really held it’s own though.
Sydney Nolan, Mt Erebus, 1964, oil on board, 122 x 123cm