Renowned artist to exhibit first ever drawing show in Bendigo

Renowned artist to exhibit first ever drawing show in Bendigo

27 Aug 2008

The first ever complete drawing show by renowned artist, John Howley will open on Friday at La Trobe University's Visual Arts Centre. Entitled "Zen – Line – Play", the exhibition comprises a collection of 60 drawings.

John Howley, "Conversations"

Mr Howley - along with Donald Laycock, Clifton Pugh, and Lawrence Daws - was a member of the Group of Four artists that formed in the 1960s. Well known in the arts fraternity, Mr Howley is also a jazz musician.

Describing the featured works Mr Howley said "My drawings are for me a shorthand version of my paintings. The LINE creates the action. The void creates the tension. 'ZEN' – simple in the complex – a masked ball of ever changing existential creatures. They can be morbid, PLAYful, innocent, bizarre; they all directly impact on the psyche."

Mr Howley was born in Melbourne and recently moved to Maldon. He is a major Australian painter whose works are represented in major collections, including the La Trobe University Art Museum.

The exhibition runs from Friday, 29 August to 21 September and is expected to attract visitors from Melbourne and throughout Victoria.

Interview / photo opportunity

The exhibition will be opened by Vincent Alessi, Artistic Director, La Trobe University Art Museum. A floor talk and slide show will be presented by John Howley.

Opening: 6.00 pm Friday, 29 August 2008
Artist's floor talk: 2.00 pm, Saturday 30 August
La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, View Street, Bendigo

To arrange an interview or for further information, please contact:

Zerin Knight

Media Liaison Officer

La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus




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