Michael Leunig: Recent, Rare and Classic Works on Paper
21 October @ 9:00 am - 4 November @ 4:00 pm
Exciting news from Metropolis Gallery that Michael Leunig will be exhibiting Recent, Rare and Classic Works on Paper, including original drawings, paintings and etchings. Michael will also talk about his work and philosophies on opening night Saturday 21 October.
Gallery director Robert Avitabile says this is a rare exhibition for any gallery and he is proud to be able to bring Leunig and his work to Geelong. Like other Australians I’ve grown up with Leunig’s work in the media since the early 70’s. I still have his first book ‘The Penguin Leunig’ among many others and I believe his straightforward outlook on life and nature has helped shape the way many people view the world.
Michael Leunig describes his approach as regressive, humorous, messy, mystical, primal and vaudevillian – producing work that is open to many interpretations and has been widely adapted in education, music, theatre, psychotherapy and spiritual life.
As a cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet Leunig’s commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans fifty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world. The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme.
As Michael says: It is a way of painting. It is a way of living and seeing. It is a heartfelt way of transcending the banal inhibited self and finding the primal, the light-hearted, the simple and the divine. It is a struggling and playful downward journey – this daring and devout pilgrimage to mature innocence and raw beauty: to the sublime joy and natural wisdom of the holy fool.
In 1999 Leunig was declared a national living treasure by the National Trust and awarded honorary degrees from La Trobe and Griffith universities and the Australian Catholic University for his unique contribution to Australian culture. His work appears regularly in the Melbourne Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. His prints, paintings and drawings have been exhibited broadly and are held in various public and private collections.
Meet this much-loved artist on opening night 5-7pm Saturday 21 October at Metropolis Gallery, 64 Ryrie Street Geelong. Michael Leunig: Recent, rare and classic works on paper runs from 21 October to 4 November. Preview works online at www.metropolisgallery.com.au