Macquarie University Art Gallery
Image: Suzanne Archer, Coalesce, 1993, oil on canvas, 173 x 305cm, Photograph Effy Alexakis, Photowrite
Suzanne Archer: the alchemy of the studio
9 September – 7 November
Curator: Sioux Garside
Suzanne Archer: the alchemy of the studio is a survey exhibition spanning three decades of the artist's practice from 1987 to 2015. It shows the range of Archer's aesthetic interests, the inspiration and sources of her work and her development as an artist across a range of media. The exhibition features major works from the 1990s such as Waratahs, 1994, the winner of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Wynne Prize. The range of sculpture includes figurative portrait bronzes, paper maché tableaux inspired by 17th century Dutch vanitas still-life paintings and an exceptional group of psychologically intense mask sculptures from her other worldly installation Conversation with the Devil Woman shown at Campbelltown Arts Centre in 2013.
Archer's professional career spans over fifty years since she began studying art at the Sutton School of Art in Surrey in England during the mid-1960s. Archer migrated to Australia in 1965 and held her first solo exhibition at Clune Galleries in Sydney in 1969. She quickly established a reputation as a young artist making distinctive paintings and went on to develop an expressive body of art employing an extraordinary range of materials and techniques.
Archer's work is held in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Artbank collections, as well as many regional galleries and a number of tertiary institutions.
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