Macquarie University Art Gallery
Guy Maestri, Les Rice, 2016, oil on canvas, 81.0 x 91.8 cm, Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Guy Maestri, 2017, Macquarie University Art Collection, Photography by Effy Alexakis, Photowrite, Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery
Mirror Mirror: Portraits from the Collection
A Macquarie University Art Gallery exhibition
2 October – 12 November 2018
Official opening Wednesday 10 October, 6.00pm
By Dr Peter Edwell, Senior Lecturer, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University.
Curatorium: Rhonda Davis, Kate Hargraves, Leonard Janiszewski and Emily O’Neill
Ever since humankind marked symbolic stick figures onto cave walls, the quest for personal depiction has escalated into a search for qualities well beyond that of mere visual reproduction or suggestion. In a contemporary world of ‘selfies’ and ‘celebrity’, where does portrait painting lie?
This exhibition explores the variety of characteristics, the depth of human emotion and the psychological entry points that elicit our responses to faces familiar and others not so familiar.
Effy Alexakis, Jason Benjamin, David Boyd, John Brack, Judy Cassab, Stephen Copland, Luke Cornish, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Maclean Edwards, Rah Fizelle, Elisabeth Frink, Alan Jones, Richard Larter, Kathrin Longhurst, Alexander McKenzie, Guy Maestri, Michael Muir, Chris O’Doherty, Margaret Olley, Wendy Sharpe, Garry Shead, Eric Smith, Roland Wakelin, Jenny Watson, Judy Watson and Salvatore Zofrea.
The Macquarie University Art Gallery offers regular, changing exhibition programs to engage audiences from all walks of life.