Survey exhibition:Rosemary Valadon – A Sensual World at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 1st April – 8th May 2016.
At first you are struck by the grandeur,
the lushness, the abundance of the
work. Then your eye is drawn into a
detail – the fold of a fabric, a bursting flower
bud, the fire of a red hot poker, a tiny nestling
blue bird. Rosemary Valadon’s Four Seasons
series covers the changing moods of the Hill
End landscape that she has come to call home
and is a crowning achievement in an artistic
career that now feels as ripe as summer fruit.
Professor Larissa Behrendt
These 4 large-scale panoramas celebrate the dramatic changes of season in Hill End, through arrangements of flora and fauna harvested from the artist’s garden throughout the past year.
From the dark and brooding Winter Still Life (2015), with all the elements for an evening rabbit stew, to the effervescent beauty of Spring (2016) displaying blossoms of pear, cherry, crab apple, and plum. The Summer Still Life (2015) abounds with fruits and flowers, watched on high by a superb blue wren, looking down upon this scene of plenty. Autumn (2014) with its quinces, pumpkin, chillies and persimmons, speaks of time passing – as Hill End’s long, frosty winter is about to take hold.
Spring Still Life, 2016, oil on canvas 152 x 273cm
Winter Still Life 2015, oil on canvas 152 x 273cm
Autumn Still Life 2014, oil on canvas 152 x 273cm
Summer Still Life 2015, oil on canvas 152 x 273cm
Rabbits – after Goya (Winter Series) 2016, Oil on canvas, 61 x 91cm
Persimmons (Autumn Series) 2016, Oil on canvas, 76 x 66cm
Roses and Red Brows (Summer Series), 2016, Oil on canvas 76 x 91cm
Winter Table I, 2016, Oil on canvas 91x91cm
Winter Table II, 2016, Oil on canvas 91 x 91cm
Current & Forthcoming Exhibitions
Hill End: Seven Decades, Group Exhibition, Penrith Regional Gallery, 4 March to 21 May 2017
Archibald Travelling Exhibition (Finalist work ‘The Scribbler’) Bega Valley Regional Gallery to 12 May 2017.
Rosemary Valadon is a multi-award winning Australian artist (the Blake Religious Art Prize, Portia Geach Portrait Prize, Muswellbrook Art Prize, amongst others). She is a regular finalist in the Archibald, Sulman, Blake, Portia Geach and Mosman prizes... read more