Autoportrait – Self Portrait Exhibition
6th July to 22nd August 2013
Since opening in November 2010 Gallery Ecosse in Exeter has been exhibiting some of the best and most acclaimed artists working in Australia today. There’s no doubt that some of the country’s most established, mixed with the most promising emerging names in the art world have shown their work in this contemporary space.
Autoportrait, a self-portrait feature will be the 26th exhibition held by Gallery Ecosse and will showcase a select group of represented and invited artists including some Highlands based artists, most notably Archibald Prize winner and AGNSW Trustee Ben Quilty. Self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, in many cases becoming an integral part of an artists practice. A self-portrait can reveal so much about an artist, from moral and psychological issues through to a strong form of narrative taken from the artists life-experience. It’s often the case that one can learn a little more about the artist by ‘reading between the brush-strokes’ of a self-portrait, this being largely why this artistic approach has held great public attention over the centuries, we are captivated by what goes through the mind of a great artist. As a form of tribute to friend and artist Adam Cullen, who passed away in July last year, the exhibition title is a direct reference to a 2011 self-portrait, which Adam painted for Ecosse. The Cullen self-portrait will also feature in the exhibition.
The exhibition includes work by winners and finalists of the following prizes – Archibald Prize (past winners including Adam Cullen, Ben Quilty, Euan Macleod, Guy Maestri & Wendy Sharpe), Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Prize, Wynne Prize, and Sulman Prize. The Doug Moran portrait prize is the biggest and most lucrative portrait prize in the country and contributing artist Leslie Rice has now received the prize twice in his career, most recently in 2012 for his work titled ‘Self-Portrait (with the Muses of Painting and Poetry)’. Many of the artists’ work can also be found in State and Regional galleries around Australia.
Ecosse Directors, Andre de Borde and Jasper Knight are committed to promoting a diverse group of artists who work in Australia and abroad. They are well decorated and their work is highly sought after by collectors and institutions alike. Ecosse also provides an opportunity for viewers to enter the art collecting market with affordable pieces starting from $500.
Aside from the success of their artists, Andre comments “Some people may feel intimidated by walking into an art gallery, as I guess there can be a stigma or snobbery around some galleries. Ecosse is an approachable gallery and is open to everyone including kids and dogs! If you’re passing when one of our openings is on, drop in for a drink and a chat, you never know who you might run in to.” Both directors have young families and maintain that art should be accessible and is for all people to enjoy.
Gallery Ecosse resides in the historic ‘Halcyon Cottage’ (c. 1869) which is opposite the Exeter General Store. Originally the village bakery, Halcyon is the oldest building in Exeter and one of its most well known icons. Its transformation into a contemporary art space has been a welcome addition not only to Exeter but the Southern Highlands region alike. Attracting art enthusiasts, curators and artists from Sydney, Canberra, the South Coast of NSW and interstate, Autoportrait is one of the most significant shows of the year for Ecosse and will cement Exeter on the Australian Art Map.
The official opening of Autoportrait will be held on Saturday the 6th July at 4pm.
All enquiries can be directed to Andre or Nina at email@example.com or at the gallery on 4883 4466. All are welcome to join our mailing list for updates on what is happening at the gallery.
Autoportrait Artist list
Carlos Barrios, Jason Benjamin, Joanna Braithwaite, Dean Brown, Adam Cullen, McLean Edwards, David Griggs, Sarah Hendy, Alan Jones, Laura Jones, James Kerr, Jasper Knight, Euan Macleod, Guy Maestri, Julian Meagher, Danny Morse, James Powditch, Ben Quilty, Leslie Rice, Paul Ryan, David Ryrie, Luke Sciberras, Wendy Sharpe, Martin Smith, Tim Summerton, Oliver Watts, Julian Wolkenstein