Here is an exhibition that’s in your face, celebrating the diversity of portraits over a seventy-year time span. The Portraits show a great variety of techniques and media from exquisitely detailed studies through to some wild surreal interpretations. There are oils and acrylic, pen and ink, charcoal, wax, pencil, prints, lino cuts, etchings and crazy collage.
In this face to face collaboration between ECU and the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries there are over 50 portraits. The exhibition includes many famous Western Australian artists who have done portraits of themselves or other interesting people - Arthur Russell, Tom Gibbons, Brian McKay, Kate O’Connor, Jo Darbyshire, Julie Dowling, Sidney Nolan, Charles Blackman to name a few.
Since 'About Face' opened at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries in July 2000 it has been seen at The Fremantle Arts Centre (December/January 2001), the Katanning Art Gallery (March 2001), Geraldton Regional Art Gallery (April 2001), Mandurah Art Gallery in the Performing Arts Centre (July 2001), Goldfields Art Centre (October/November 2001). In December it will be at the Old Cannery Arts Centre, Esperance. The tour will conclude at the Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany in March/April 2002.
Exhibition curator: Allison Archer