26 May 2010
STUDIO- Australian Painters Photographed
by R. Ian Lloyd
Annette Bezor in her studio in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia at 4:18 pm on April 10th 2005 Photography by R. Ian Lloyd
For an artist, the studio is the engine room of his or her creativity. It is both sanctuary and torture chamber, the place where long, long days are spent wrestling with the Muse.
For the general public the artist’s studio is a mysterious and magical place from which an infinite diversity of images may emerge. STUDIO: Australian Painters Photographed by R. Ian Lloyd is an exhibition project that showcases 61 of Australia’s most respected and important painters working in their studio environment.
Lord Mayor Alderman Rob Valentine said photographer Ian Lloyd and art critic, John McDonald travelled 50,000 km around Australia visiting painters. What began as a
snapshot of Australian painting at the beginning of a new century gradually became an inquiry into the nature of creativity. The selection was made with the aim of representing a broad cross-section of men and women working in a variety of styles, from abstraction to the most exacting realism, as well as traditional Aboriginal painters.
Large photographic portraits by National Geographic photographer R. Ian Lloyd examine and illustrate the artist’s working environment, whether it be an inner city loft, a kitchen table or the sandy earth of the Outback. How this space affects and inspires individual creativity is the subject of a text by John McDonald, art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, and former Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia.
Ian Lloyd was born in Canada, studied photography in the U.S., and first arrived in Australia in 1975. He worked in television and as a photographer for guide books before establishing his own photography and publishing company, R. Ian Lloyd Productions, in Singapore in 1983. Ian has undertaken commissions for magazines such as National Geographic, Fortune and Time, and has won numerous awards for his work. He has published 34 books on countries and regions around Asia including large format books on Kathmandu, Bali and Singapore; and a four volume series on Australian Wine Regions. His photographs have been widely exhibited around the world. In 2000 a retrospective book and exhibition of his work, Spirit of Asia, toured six Asian cities under the sponsorship of the National Geographic Channel.
John McDonald was born in Cessnock, NSW, in 1961, and studied at Sydney University. For over twenty years he has been one of Australia’s best-known art critics, writing a
weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald, and contributing to local and international publications. As Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia in 2000, John was curator of the exhibition, Federation: Australian Art & Society 1901-2001, which toured the country for eighteen months. He has written numerous catalogue essays, and monographs on artists such as David Strachan, Ari Purhonen and Jeffrey Smart.
In 2008 his first of three volumes on ‘The Art of Australia’ was released to critical acclaim. He has also written on films, travel and even cricket. As a lecturer, John has appeared at colleges and public forums throughout Australia, and has taught Art History and Theory at the National Art School, Sydney.
STUDIO Australian Painters photographed by R. Ian Lloyd opens at the Carnegie Gallery at 6pm on Thursday 27 May. The exhibition continues until Sunday 4 July 2010.
For interview contact-
Alderman Rob Valentine-Lord Mayor
0418 127 323