Roberta Thornley: A Serious Girl - Art Collector

Roberta Thornley, Trampoline, 2017, Archival pigment ink photograph on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 66.7cm x 100cm. Courtesy of the artist and Tim Melville Gallery

A Serious Girl takes its title from a (now lost) painting by Whanganui artist, Edith Collier.

In 1913 Collier travelled to London where she flourished in an artistic milieu that included fellow expats Frances Hodgkins and Margaret Preston. She returned in 1922 with a significant body of innovative modernist painting, but it was work that shocked her conservative community. Ashamed, Collier’s father burned many of her best paintings. She would never paint seriously again.

The subject of Roberta Thornley’s exhibition is a Whanganui gymnast on the cusp of adulthood, and on the brink of leaving NZ for Europe to further her training. Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery Curator, Greg Donson, writes: “This departure is the beginning of a journey to a new frontier. This is not a story of endings and beginnings but more so a study of a moment or moments in time – the theatre of the sea, the stretch of a limb, sweat on a brow, dahlias in the arc of full bloom, gravity. Rest.”

Exhibition Opens: 6pm-8pm, Tuesday 29 August, 2017
Exhibition Closes: 30 September, 2017
Location: Tim Melville Gallery, 4 Winchester St, Grey Lynn, Auckland, NZ 1021
Contact: +649 378 1500
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