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Louise Hearman Survey Exhibition

03 5957 3100

25 Apr 2017, 26 Apr 2017, 27 Apr 2017

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28 Apr 2017, 29 Apr 2017, 30 Apr 2017, 1 May 2017, 2 May 2017, 3 May 2017, 3 May 2017, 4 May 2017, 5 May 2017, 6 May 2017, 7 May 2017, 8 May 2017, 9 May 2017, 10 May 2017, 11 May 2017, 12 May 2017, 13 May 2017, 14 May 2017, 14 May 2017

This exhibition is the first major museum survey of Australian painter Louise Hearman, featuring painting and drawings from across her 30-year practice. Curated by Anna Davis, it is organised by and toured to TarraWarra by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

The Melbourne-based artist is best known for dark dream-like paintings where things may, or may not be, as they seem. It is up to us to imagine what is lurking deep in the shadows; the artist offers no written clues to the evocative contents of her works, which are always untitled.

Working at a small scale, predominantly in oil on Masonite, Hearman returns repeatedly to certain motifs; a child’s luminous face floating in a sea of darkness; a deserted road; a melancholic cloud; flowers; birds; cats. Landscapes feature prominently in her work - often captured at twilight or at sunset, incorporating otherworldly forms that imbue them with a supernatural quality.

Hearman’s paintings are said to have a cinematic quality; like film stills they capture transient moments of imaginary time. By combining commonplace imagery with personal visions of the unknown and the unknowable, Hearman’s paintings hint at the wonders of the universe and the compelling nature of our nonverbal thoughts.

Content: TarraWarra Museum of Art

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