A highlight of the Geelong region art calendar for 2011 is the upcoming exhibition of Robert Juniper works at Qdos Arts in January. Considered one of Australia’s most respected painters, and declared a ‘Living Treasure’ in Western Australia, Robert Juniper is best known for his almost-abstract landscape paintings although he is also a prolific sculptor and printmaker. He has been painting the Western Australian landscape for over five decades, inspired by his travels through remote areas of Australia. Juniper commands a distinctive style using intense colours and rich textures, and often depicts a flat picture plane gained from an aerial perspective. His main influences range from English painters of the early 1900s, Paul Klee, and Japanese work of the 19th century, through to his contemporary, Australian artist, Sam Fullbrook.
Juniper’s paintings and sculpture are found in all major public and private collections and he has won many awards and prizes, including the Wynne prize twice. Now in his early 80s, Juniper continues to paint every day and is an inspiration to many other Australian artists.
The exhibition opens on Sunday 9th of January at 2:30 pm. It will be opened by Antonia Syme, Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop and former Director of Artbank, with special guest Sigrid Thornton.
Besides an opportunity to meet this living legend, the opening also offers the chance to secure a signed copy of Gavin Fry’s 2010 book Robert Juniper. The book features 150 colour plates, 30 photographs and a comprehensive study of his artwork, revealing the impressive trajectory of Juniper’s artistic career.
A couple of photos from the opening: