The Hawkesbury

The Hawkesbury

Lyndall Beck, David Collins, Viola Dominello

Curated by Elisabeth Cummings

6 April to 9 May 2019

Opening Saturday 6 April with Katrina Cashman, Assistant Director/Senior Curator at Mosman Art Gallery

Join the artists for Morning Tea and Conversation with curator Hendrik Kollenberg on Saturday 4 May


The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of works inspired by the Hawkesbury River. The artists, Lyndall Beck, David Collins and Viola Dominello show a reverence for the natural environment with its human interventions. The tides, mangroves and mudflats, weathered jetties, bridges and oyster leases are reference points that frame and link the artists to an unruly and spectacular coastal river landscape.

The Hawkesbury is a visually elusive place, holding its secret life close to its edge and the artists have a long association with the area. Inspired by river and shore, river and sky, river and depths, this all-encompassing primordial beauty, the history laden liveliness provides the visual language that informs their artmaking. The artists offer glimpses of the unfolding world of the river and embrace the view en plein air, from the seat of a kayak, amongst the mud in the mangroves or on the solidity of the sandstone shore.

These views of the untamed, natural landscape are executed through a variety of approaches: suggestive sketches in charcoal and pastel, thin liquid washes, crusty oil, layered prints and evocative video to reveal the light and shape of the river. The exhibition is a journey through this hidden place that is The Hawkesbury.

 The Hawkesbury Media Release Download PDF
The Hawkesbury Catalogue Download PDF
The Hawkesbury Artwork list Download PDF
The Hawkesbury Lyndall Beck Learning Resource Download PDF
The Hawkesbury David Collins Learning Resource Download PDF
The HawkesburyViola Dominello Learning Resource Download PDF


Photographs copyright Richard Glover