'Life is a Marathon': Geoff Todd at Mitchell Fine Art

The common analogy ‘Life is a Marathon’ is explored by artist Geoff Todd in his new exhibition showing at Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane from 25th July.
 

'Cul de Sac',    122 x 122cm, acrylic, charcoal and cotton gauze on canvas

'Cul de Sac', 122 x 122cm, acrylic, charcoal and cotton gauze on canvas


Culminating thirty years of artistic observation, Todd presents a series of poignant, powerful and sometimes aggressive artworks of two young female muses besieged with the contest of life. 
 
Each muse whilst from different backgrounds, share remarkable similarities in the successes and failures they have persevered through in their lives. Todd’s paintings centre around intimate and personal connections with his subjects, whilst exploring the broader themes of life’s challenges.
 
With his recognisable figurative style, Todd presents the positive with the pain. This is an exhibition about life and its struggles. It is about running the gauntlet, running to win or even just running to participate”.
 
Marathon explores life’s hardships, its challenges, successes, failures and ultimately our ability to endure. The exhibition is showing from 25th July – 18th August 2018 at Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
 
Join Geoff Todd for the opening of his new show on Friday 27thJuly from 6 – 8pm. This is a free event.
 
On Saturday 28th July at 2pm, Geoff will also hold an Artist talk in the gallery discussing his work and inspiration.


NEED TO KNOW

OFFICIAL OPENING: Friday 27th July from 6pm – 8pm

ARTIST TALK: Saturday 28th July from 2pm

Mitjili Napurrula: Solo Aboriginal Art Exhibition

A solo exhibition showcasing Aboriginal artworks that portray stories relating to the ancient ritual of the spear straightening ceremony will open at Mitchell Fine Art in Brisbane on April 4th, 2018.
 
Mitjili Napurrula, a Pintupi artist from Central Australia paints Watiya Juta the Desert Acacia, a source material for Aboriginal spear making and the central motif in her father’s dreaming - the story of the spear straightening ceremony.

Mitjili Napurrula, Watiya Juta, acrylic on linen, 200 x 200cm

Mitjili Napurrula, Watiya Juta, acrylic on linen, 200 x 200cm

Her paintings show the iconography of the trees, red sandhills and rocks of her father’s country to the west of Haasts Bluff in Central Australia.

Under the tutelage of her mother Napurrula began painting the female side to her father’s dreaming in 1993. Her works Watiya Juta portray the topography of her father’s country, Uwalki, and the recurring tree motif, Watiya.
 
The Spear Straightening ceremony is an important Dreaming story dealing with tribal rivalries and ancient rituals and the process of spears being made for battle.

Watiya Juta'   , 60 x 60cm, acrylic on linen

Watiya Juta', 60 x 60cm, acrylic on linen

Watiya Juta'   , 60 x 60cm, acrylic on linen

Watiya Juta', 60 x 60cm, acrylic on linen

In Napurrula’s paintings the figurative and topographical elements are applied in bright, vibrant colours on a translucent veil of white. These colours reflect her own style and playful personality.

Napurrula stems from an impressive artistic family. Born at Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) an area 200kms west of Alice Springs, her mother was one of the principal female artists at Kintore in the Western Desert and her brother was one of the founding members of the Papunya Tula Artists cooperative.

Napurrula’s works are part of numerous international and national collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Australia and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

On Saturday 7th April at 2pm a floor talk on the life and artistic practice of Mitjili Napurrula will be held in the gallery with Director Mike Mitchell. This is a free event.