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Keith Looby Exhibition – Dichotomy

When is it on?

27/08/2022 - 09/10/2022


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About the event

A rare exhibition of paintings and etchings by Archibald Prize Winner Keith Looby, presented by Spud Lane Studios.

Opened by Australia’s notable art critic John McDonald, Keith Looby’s exhibition “Dichotomy” is showing at Spud Lane Studios in Robertson, NSW Southern Highlands from 27 August – 9 October 2022.

Few artists have been so influential yet enigmatic than Sydney artist Keith Looby.

As a 1984 Archibald winner with a portrait of Max Gillies as Bob Hawke, Looby is known for holding Australian society to account with his incisive, satirical humour and fearless commentary of the late 20th century, yet today his name and works are hidden from view.

“Dichotomy” is an exhibition of paintings, drawings and etchings from Looby’s personal collection and it demonstrates the dichotomy evident in his work.

Curator of the show, artist Ric Abel examines a statement made by Looby: “When I draw, I draw as a Protestant. When I paint, I paint as a Catholic. Although I see myself as an atheist.”

Keith explained to Ric, that his drawings generally follow a narrative and are a form of protest, while his paintings from the 1980s onwards were all about letting go to the process of painting.

The show includes work from Looby’s seminal Black and White History of Australia series of drawings on the horrors of Colonialism, and his explorative Australian landscapes painted in Tasmania, as well as more figurative works in his unmistakeable style. These extraordinary and compelling paintings and etchings promise to engage art lovers and collectors from the Southern Highlands and beyond.

Saturday 27 August, 2pm
With an opening address by notable art critic John McDonald.
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Saturday 27 August – Sunday 9 October 2022
Friday to Monday, 10am–4pm

Spud Lane Studios is located within the SHAC precinct in the heart of Robertson NSW.

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