Cressida Campbell exhibition at Nationwide Gallery of Australia cements underrated Australian artist’s place within the canon

A mural-like portray of an intricately adorned kitchen shelf wraps the doorway to the Nationwide Gallery of Australia’s latest exhibition.

In it, an array of family objects are celebrated with distinctive precision: a leek is propped towards a blue and white ceramic vessel, black kitchen scissors protrude from a white milk jug, a sprig of lavender rests idly.

The extra you look, the extra you see.

The mural is an enlarged model of Australian modern artist Cressida Campbell’s 2009 woodblock portray The Kitchen Shelf — right here, lovingly recreated by her husband Warren Macris, who’s a advantageous artwork and photographic printer and took greater than 100 pictures of the unique to make the mural.

Opening Saturday, the exhibition is a significant retrospective of Campbell’s work, that includes greater than 140 of her woodblock work and woodcut prints.

At 62, Campbell has been making artwork for greater than 40 years, and in gross sales alone, she’s considered one of Australia’s most profitable and sought-after artists (her business exhibits usually promote out, usually earlier than opening) — however that is the primary time a retrospective of this scale has been mounted by a significant Australian gallery.

A 60-something woman with brown hair sits on outside steps, in a garden, her hands clasped in her lap
In March, and once more in August, considered one of Campbell’s woodblocks bought for $515,455 – the best worth for any work by a dwelling Australian lady artist.(Provided: NGA)

It is also the primary time the Nationwide Gallery of Australia (NGA) has programmed a dwelling Australian artist for his or her summer time ‘blockbuster’ exhibition — a spot often reserved for broadly recognisable worldwide artists (suppose: Picasso).

“[Campbell] is a really well-established artist and we imagine that she’s contributed one thing very distinctive to the cultural tapestry of Australian artwork,” NGA director Nick Mitzevich tells ABC Arts.

“She’s on the peak of her powers and we need to have fun that.”

Curated thematically throughout six rooms, the exhibition is autobiographical, that includes intimate home scenes, city- and landscapes from the locations Campbell has lived, and even childhood drawings.

“It’s kind of like a documentary, however in paint,” the artist informed ABC Information.

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