Hamilton Gallery

Image: Rick Amor, Australia (b.1948)
Study for ‘Pathway into the Gardens’ 2009-13, Oil on canvas
Purchased with annual Council allocation 2016.003


25 January – 26 April 2020

Gentle Men celebrates the work of four renowned Australian male artists, all master draughtsmen, printmakers and painters pursuing sublimely sensitive and deeply nuanced works. This exhibition seeks to examine the relationships between painting and print making by drawing on Hamilton Gallery’s exceptional collection as well as a range of intaglio prints including lithographs, drypoints and etchings, selected from the artists’ own collections.

This impressive array of works offers an exploration into the ongoing relationship between figuration, abstraction and landscape, whilst inviting an examination of the gentle, poetic shifts arising as these artists effortlessly move between painting and printmaking. These four artists exemplify a sensitivity and care with which their mark making, and both their outward and inward gazes, are imbued. These works invite quiet contemplation and cultivate a complex understanding of the world around and within us as they oscillate between emotional, psychological and meditative complexities. At their heart they gift us an intimate visual feast of delicate textures, marks, colours and forms. There are manifold echoes and interplays to be discovered dancing between these works.

We acknowledge the generous support of Rick Amor, Kevin Lincoln and Niagara Galleries. We also thank Allan Mitelman for his generosity. Finally, we are pleased to be able to include this group of intaglio prints by Fred Williams, made possible by Lyn Williams AM.

Curated by Maudie Palmer AO and Eugene Howard