Archibald finalist in new show
A NEW exhibition by Lennox Head artist Angus McDonald is now on display at the Tweed Regional Gallery.
McDonald, who was awarded a Brett Whiteley Scholarship two decades ago and has since exhibited his work around the world, is one of the most highly accomplished artists in the Northern Rivers.
He has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize on four occasions, most recently for his portrait of Abbe May in the 2015 Archibald, which wrapped up its exhibition at the gallery at the end of February.
White Noise was opened with an official ceremony on Friday night.
Gallery director Susi Muddiman said she was thrilled to host the show.
“The Tweed Regional Gallery is proud to present McDonald’s 30th solo exhibition,” Ms Muddiman said.
“This selection of works will provide visitors with just a glimpse of his extraordinary skill and experience.”
The exhibition’s title refers to the background noises of existence, the in-between noises which are ubiquitous in our lives.
McDonald said the show explored “moments of realisation and loss”.
“The two large figurative works on display in the exhibition were based on photographic shoots undertaken in my studio,” he said.
“My partner Beata modelled for one of the major works. For the other, I set up a single Pieta image carefully configured to approximate Michelangelo’s sculpture in St Peter’s.
“It’s a classical Christian image but I think of it as something more universal. It deals with loss and a senseless death occasioned by fearful violence and prejudice. This is a lesson we are as yet unable to learn as a race.”
McDonald was delighted to be able to exhibit the show so close to home.
“I’ve lived in this area for 15 years so exhibiting locally is pretty special; especially at an amazing gallery like the Tweed Regional Gallery.
“If you placed the gallery, complete with the Margaret Olley Art Centre, in the middle of New York or London, it would be constantly busy. It’s a world- class facility.”
White Noise will be on display until May 1.