Home will be staging an exhibition titled ‘The Portrait’ as part of our 2019 program. The exhibition will examine the complicated question of what constitutes a portrait. There are 3 major portrait awards in Australia – The Archibald, The Moran and the Darling. Each include a strict set of requirements. But does a work painted from life, evoke a person any more than a photograph, an object, or an abstraction of a sitter? People often refer to portraits as – a collaboration between an artist and the sitter or a visual representation of someone. Portraits are variously described as capturing the essence of someone or representing their identity at a certain period in time. Home’s ‘The Portrait’ looks beyond the notion of identity and the painted surface to how an artist working in any medium can express the sense of a person.
Many thanks to Badger & Fox Gallery for loaning us Bill Henson’s Untitled, C Type print (pictured) for the exhibition. This iconic work by one of Australia’s premiere artists will be the centrepiece of the exhibition. The show will feature artworks across a variety of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture and video.