Opening on Saturday 4 March are Visions of Utopia, Hill End: Seven Decades and Rochelle Summerfield: A Wayfarer on the Nepean. These three exhibitions give regional audiences an opportunity to view artworks from some of Australia’s most acclaimed artists, and to discover the quirky art and animation of Rochelle Summerfield.
Visions of Utopia presents the work of thirty Australian artists who have pursued a visual language concerned with the formal elements of painting, colour, design, and form, understood as ‘Non-Objective’ art.
Non-Objective art has been explored by many artists over the last eight decades. Visions of Utopia looks at this tradition through historically significant works form artists including: Ralph Balson, Frank Hinder, Sydney Ball, Grace Crowley and Jon Plapp.
Penrith Regional Gallery will join its sister institution Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Hill End artist community and residency with the opening of Hill End - Seven Decades on 4 March. The exhibition traces seventy years of artistic response to the well-known historic Australian goldmining township, Hill End. Audiences will receive a glimpse of Hill End as a site of sustained and ongoing artistic endeavour.
Hill End: Seven Decades features works from Bathurst Regional Art Gallery’s ‘The Artists of Hill End’ permanent collection focus. The exhibition surveys historic and contemporary works by three generations of Australian artists including Russell Drysdale, Ben Quilty, Amanda Penrose-Hart, Matilda Lister and Peter Kingston.
Rochelle Summerfield’s A Wayfarer on the Nepean presents an artist’s solitary meditation on the Nepean River following her recent Summer Studio Residency at Penrith Regional Gallery.