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Rick Godfrey – Lake Mungo Sandscapes
14 August - 25 September
Rick’s first exhibition of acrlyic “nature scapes” in 2006 was a sell-out with favourable reviews in the local press. This second exhibition shows once again Rick’s ability to represent the natural environment in detail. Rick’s Sandscapes mirror the extensive diversity of Lake Mungo National Park in western NSW. The lake bed is part of the Willandra Lakes System which dried up about 15,000 a years ago. The area comprises a mixture of flat mallee scrub, sand dunes and the famous Walls of China lunettes which have been formed by erosion over thousands of years. Read media release.
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Lunette 3 - 120cm x 80cm, $3900 Lunette 2 - 92cm x 61cm, $3000 SOLD
Sand Drift 1 - 40.5cm by 30.5cm $600
Lunette 6 - 122cm x 91cm $4200
Lake Mungo’s timeless beauty inspires shifting ‘sandscapes’ exhibition
There’s great excitement at Mawson Gallery where Canberra artist Rick Godfrey launches his second solo exhibition on 14 August.
Rick’s first exhibition of exquisitely detailed acrylics of the Kimberlys in 2006 was a sellout and attracted favourable reviews.
His current show focuses his sharp artist’s eye on the shifting sandscapes of the world famous Lake Mungo region in New South Wales.
Rick - a designer/illustrator for 30 years before turning to fine art - gave the world album cover art for classic, iconic bands such as AC/DC, the Easybeats and Ol ‘55. He also designed the interior wall illustrations of the first Qantas jumbo jets in the 1970s.
His new show “Lake Mungo Sandscapes” captures the extensive diversity of Lake Mungo - a part of the Willandra Lakes System which dried up about 15,000 years ago.
It is famous for its internationally important archaeological finds, especially as the home of “Mungo Man” believed to be the remains of an Indigenous person stretching back some 40,000 years.
“The area is a mix of flat mallee scrub, sand dunes and the famous Walls of China lunettes which have been formed by erosion over thousands of years,” Rick said.
“I was immediately struck by the timeless beauty of its craggy peaks and lunettes, but also by its ever changing, shifting sandscape forms.”
It was a similar immediate connection with the land during a holiday trip to the magnificent Kimberley region in WA six years ago that set Rick on his fine art journey.
“I realised that nature provided a treasure house of diversity, shapes and colours and I have not stopped painting since then,” he said. “I have a deep love and concern for the environment and I aim to capture that passion in my paintings.”
Rick’s vibrant paintings are partly landscape and partly “magnifying glass close-ups” of nature’s elements - all on the same canvas.
Born in Sydney and reared in Brisbane, Rick studied with renowned Sydney designer, the late Phyllis Shillitoe and went on to study art in what now is the Southern Cross University at Lismore in the early 1980s. He settled in Canberra in 1986.
The exhibition begins at MAWSON GALLERY, 63 Wilkins Street, Mawson on 14 August and runs to 25 September. The official opening will be at 6pm, Saturday 14 August. Gallery opening hours are 10.30am - 5.30pm Thursday to Sunday. Phone 6161 2177.(Please contact us if you are interested in any available works from these recent exhibitions)Phil Ryan - Aspects of New South Wales rainforests
Isabel Cisneros-Flexible Sculpture from Venezuela
Annual Exhibition by members of Art in Miniature (AIM) Canberra
An exhibition of select art works by Indigenous inmates
Mother and Son - Caroll and Peter Pichelmann - Oils and textile and fibre works
Group exhibition by members of Art in Miniature (AIM) Canberra
Hanging Together-Group exhibition by members of the Artists Society of Canberra
Ian Sharpe - The Essence of Being Textured acrylics on canvas
Joy Georgeson - Ceramic Sculpture
Jacqueline Lewis - Ikbana Sculptural Vessels
Vicki & Tracey Lianos: Sculptural art jewellery. Matt de Marco: Glass object & sculptural pieces
Nature and Cityscapes - Shirley Crapp, Justine Dunmore, Marie Graham
Lorna Crane, Jo Hollier, Maryann Mussared - Mixed media, prints, objects - read media release
Rick Godfrey landscape/nature acrylics - read media release
Sarah Rice "Carrying Over" ceramic platters - read media release
Linda Davey ceramics and Soraya Takalou oils - media release
Contempoary Indigenous sculpture and paintings by Liz mcNiven
Riverina Breeze - Noel Hicks, Karen Bellincanta and Lorraine Blackwell
Oils by Ritchey Sealy and "Soda Vapour" Ceramics by Robyn Gough
Duality - Ceramics by susan Harper and Acrylics by Kerry Shepherdson
Oils by Emilia Rossi and Hebel block indoor/outdoor sculpture by Lars Nissen
Common Ground - Sculpture by Berendina de Ruiter, Peter King & Sebastiano Leta
Textures - textile art by Trevor and Beth Reid and Christine Rushall
Viv Martin - Beaches, Bods and the Odd Muso
Dwellings - textiles by Belinda Jessup, Martine Peters, Emma Rees, Lucie Verhelst
Geolittoral - paintings & photographs by bushwalking siblings Anne & John Tassie
Liliana Johnsona and Kerry Shepherdson
Nicola Dickson and James Dixon