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Friday 21 April, 2017 to Sunday 18 June, 2017

Drawn to Print: David Fairbairn

The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Renowned portraitist David Fairbairn is well known for his large mixed media drawings. Although this aspect of his practice continues, in recent years he has worked almost exclusively on large scale etchings.

David Fairbairn said, “It is important to me that my etchings compliment and extend my previous explorations in drawing. With these new prints, drawing directly from the sitter onto the copper etching plate is an important aspect of my process. The length of time spent with a person and the stopping and starting of a work as a series develops, are factors that contribute to the final outcome. I am interested in the unexpected transformative qualities of the line that is etched by immersion in ferric chloride. The quality of the corrosive line is different to a drawn line on paper using charcoal or pastel. Now working predominantly in black and white, I am able to reinforce the underlying formal and abstract structures in the depiction of the sitter, whilst still emphasising the emotional and psychological content of the work.”

Drawn to Print: David Fairbairn showcases drawings produced from 2010–2016, and etchings of the same sitters created during the period 2015–2017.

David Fairbairn is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney and Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, Melbourne.

David Fairbairn
J.L. No.4 2015
copper etching and drypoint on Hahnemuhle paper
36 × 30cm

Friday 21 April, 2017 to Sunday 18 June, 2017

Slow light… Celestial

The Macnaughton Focus Gallery

The Slow Light… Celestial series was inspired by my road trip in April this year starting in the Red Centre, Uluru on 2 April 2016. The previous day, artist Bruce Munro had finalised the installation of his epic work Field of Light (2016) using 50,000 solar-powered LED lights. He had been enchanted a decade ago by the fields of wild flowers he’d seen at Uluru and was motivated to recreate a vision in light. Under the night sky, one experienced the glowing majesty of a celestial floral tribute to the Milky Way, mirrored in a colourful cosmos. The enormity of the work and the power of light as a poetic device was compelling.

The motifs for the Slow Light… Celestial series are traces from that experience and my own imaginings of celestial light and cosmic forms. I employ techniques in which reflection and refraction of light create a glow of colour. As one’s view point changes, light becomes a more palpable force.

Colleen DaRosa, September 2016

Colleen DaRosa
Raada 2016
synthetic polymer paint on etching paper
81 × 115 × 5.5cm

Friday 12 May, 2017 to Sunday 10 September, 2017

Portraits: Margaret Olley

The Margaret Olley Art Centre

“Because I have a face like a pudding and it’s easy to draw.”

This was Margaret Olley’s humorous response, when asked by friend and biographer Christine France, why, in her opinion, she was such a popular portrait subject for fellow artists.

Margaret Olley remains the most painted face in Australian art history. As a fledgling artist at the age of 25, Olley sat for friend and fellow artist William Dobell. His portrait Margaret Olley 1948 won the Archibald Prize, hurtling a shy Olley into a media frenzy. More than six decades later, Olley was again the subject of an Archibald Prize winning portrait by Ben Quilty, Margaret Olley 2011.

Olley’s remarkable artistic career is bookended by these iconic portraits.

This outstanding exhibition of portraits of Olley by her artist friends, and self-portraits, is an exploration of Olley’s extraordinary life, spirited character and her enduring friendships with some of the most significant figures in Australian art. Portraits: Margaret Olley includes work by Margaret Olley, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Ian Fairweather, Judy Cassab, Jeffrey Smart, Ben Quilty, Nicholas Harding and more.

Never before assembled, Portraits brings together important works via loans from private and public collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Gallery and the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

The exhibition will be complemented by an engaging schedule of activities and events. For details visit the Gallery website in 2017.

William Dobell (Australia; England, b.1899, d.1970)
Margaret Olley 1948
oil on hardboard, 114.3 × 85.7cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1949
© William Dobell/Licensed by Viscopy, 2016

Friday 26 May, 2017 to Sunday 19 November, 2017


The Anthony Gallery

Surrender explores the distinctive figurative and landscape work of Joshua Yeldham, one of Australia’s most original and creative contemporary visual artists.

Drawing from a reverential love of nature and deep spiritual affiliation with the land, Yeldham creates intricately rendered works that oscillate between narrative and myth, imagination and real experience. Working across painting, photography, drawing and sculpture, the artist has developed a singular aesthetic that often conflates these various mediums, such as his characteristic oil paintings with sculptural assemblages on board or his pierced and carved photographs.

This exhibition provides just a glimpse into Yeldham’s creative inspiration and spiritual journey through the Australian landscape, particularly in the Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River regions the artist has known since childhood.

Joshua Yeldham has been invited to participate in the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence program. Visitors can look forward to viewing an exhibition of the outcomes of this residency from Friday 4 August 2017.

Joshua Yeldham is represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney.

Joshua Yeldham
Self portrait: Morning Bay 2013
instrument, cane, shells and oil on carved board
200 × 244cm

Friday 30 June, 2017 to Sunday 17 September, 2017

David Hockney: Words and Pictures

The Temporary Exhibitions and Boyd Galleries

The Tweed Regional Gallery is proud to present an international exhibition to our visitors. With the generous financial assistance of the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd, this landmark presentation is a first for the Gallery. Drawn from the British Council Collection, the exhibition presents four major suites of artists’ prints produced by David Hockney from 1961–1977. United by their reference to historical works of literature and art, these prints were produced during the first two decades of Hockney’s career when he established his international reputation as a Pop artist.

In A Rake’s Progress, Hockney transposed the moral tale of a squandered life based on William Hogarth’s late 18th Century series of the same name onto his own semi-autobiographical tales of a summer spent in New York. Hockney’s admiration for the poetry of C.P. Cavafy, the Greek poet of Alexandria, inspired him to illustrate 14 of Cavafy’s poems, capturing the sensuality of the original poetry with intimate drawings of his friends in London. His attraction to the simple, direct style of writing in the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm influenced one of Hockley’s most ambitious printmaking projects, a series of 80 etchings illustrating six titles. The original suite The Blue Guitar, 1977 was based on the poem The Man with the Blue Guitar by the American poet Wallace Stevens, who had in his time been inspired by Picasso. The series of 20 colour etchings, with their vast array of imagery and styles, are a homage to the Spanish master.

Tweed Regional Gallery is proud to present this exhibition in partnership with the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba. The exhibition will premiere at Tweed before travelling on to Katoomba in October 2017.

This inspiring display will be a ticketed exhibition. Individual and family tickets may be purchased at the Gallery on the day of your visit. School and bus groups must arrange and pay for their visit in advance by email to: The Gallery has made every effort to keep ticket prices affordable for all community members:

$10 - adult
$7 - Gallery Friend or Foundation member
$8 - concession or child aged 5-17 years
$26 - family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
Free - children under 5 years
$8 per person - bus group booking
$6 per person - school/education group booking

This international exhibition is enhanced by a collection of original artworks by Hockney kindly loaned to the Tweed Regional Gallery by the artist’s brother John Hockney, a resident of Australia. The Gallery is thrilled to present these works, which include colourful portraits of the artist’s mother and a self-portrait, alongside the British Council Collection.

David Hockney
The Start of the Spending Spree and the Door Opening for a Blonde from A Rake’s Progress 1961–1963
etching, aquatint
Edition of 50, 45.5 × 58.4cm
© David Hockney

Last Updated: 03 July 2015