Jenny Orchard / Dale Richards: The Imagined Possibility of Unity / Long Night - Art Collector

Dale Richards, A day at the Bluff, 2017. Oil on canvas, 122 x 122cm. Courtesy: the artist and Despard Gallery, Hobart

  Dale Richards’s paintings will be shown in conjunction with the ceramic sculptures of Jenny Orchard. With these two artists, working in tandem, this show is promising to be a visual treat of two and three-dimensional pieces. Dale Richards has been represented by Despard Gallery for more than 20 years. His distinctive surrealist imagery, in oils and works on paper, are in numerous private and public collections, nationally and internationally. Dale had his first solo show at the age of 16.

50 years on, the works have retained their energy, still edgy and at times challenging with robust figures, sailing boats and windswept seas. Orhcard’s new body of work is based on creating spaces where communities thrive outside of normally accepted paradigms must begin with their imaginative conception.

In her work, Orchard creates stories around creatures, which reflect legends and tales from the past, as well as engaging with a world of rapid change where species are drastically disappearing, and where genetic engineering and digital enhancements accelerate. The work of art and story, taking up discourses of the present and their connections with past is a continuing preoccupation in her work.

Exhibition opens: 5.30–7.30pm Friday 1 June 2018
Exhibition closes: 24 June 2018
Location: Despard Gallery, 15 Castray Esp, Battery Point TAS 7004
Website: hobart@despard-gallery.com.au
Phone: + 61 3 6223 8266
Email: hobart@despard-gallery.com.au


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