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Angus Nivison: A Survey


Angus Nivison: A Survey

curated by

Sandra McMahon

Tamworth Regional Gallery June 15 - July 28, 2012 The University Gallery, The University of Newcastle October 24 - November 10, 2012 S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney January 5 - February 10, 2013


All the Places I’ve Never Been, 2004, acrylic, charcoal and gesso on canvas, 184 x 210cm


Introduction It is a defining moment in any artist’s career to have an important survey of their work. This exhibition, curated so perceptively by Sandra McMahon, has made it clear that Angus Nivison is one of the leading Australian painters. The substantial body of work that McMahon assembled, covering almost two decades and studded with monumental canvasses, presented a cogent picture of Nivison’s practice and its development. Nivison’s great skill with paint and brush was instantly apparent, as was the emotional charge of his creations. While the forms of landscape appear in his paintings, it was the feeling of landscape - that electric intensity of a storm breaking or the softness of mountains seen through mist - that most strongly affected his audiences. This exhibition would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and commitment of Sandra McMahon. Many thanks are also due to Gillean Shaw of Newcastle University Art Gallery and Jane Watters of S.H Ervin gallery, for presenting the show so well in their galleries. Thank you to Susie Burge, Elizabeth Fortescue and John McDonald for allowing us to reproduce their work in this publication. We especially thank all those who lent their works for the exhibition.


Tamworth Regional Gallery


opening crowd


Bryan Hooper, Sandra McMahon and Angus Nivison


Summer Cotton Bimbang, 2009, acrylic, charcoal, pigments & gesso on canvas, 200 x 360cm


The University of Newcastle


Remembering Rain, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 640cm


S.H. Ervin Gallery


Angus Nivison and Jane Watters, S.H. Ervin Gallery director


The Language of Mountains is Rain, 2005, acrylic, charcoal, pigments and gesso on canvas, 200 x 540cm


Press Clippings


Story courtesy of The Daily Telegraph http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/


Story courtesy of Susie Burge http://artravelife.com/


Story courtesy of John McDonald and the Sydney Morning Herald http://johnmcdonald.net.au/


Angus Nivison: A Survey

curated by

Sandra McMahon

Tamworth Regional Gallery June 15 - July 28, 2012 The University Gallery, The University of Newcastle October 24 - November 10, 2012 S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney January 5 - February 10, 2013

Angus Nivison is represented by Utopia Art Sydney 2 Danks Street Waterloo NSW 2017 Telephone: + 61 2 9699 2900 email: utopiaartsydney@ozemail.com.au utopiaartsydney.com.au Š Utopia Art Sydney


Utopia Art Sydney 2 Danks Street Waterloo NSW 2017 Telephone: + 61 2 9699 2900 email: utopiaartsydney@ozemail.com.au utopiaartsydney.com.au


Angus Nivison: A Survey