Recent Acquisitions: Ceramics and Works on Paper
This exhibition showcases some of the Art Gallery of Ballarat's recent acquisitions of ceramics and works on paper.
It includes all the works which the Gallery has acquired from the works submitted for the Rick Amor Drawing Prizes of 2010 and 2012, including the two prize winners, Brent Harris'sStudy for delugeand Ken Smith's In the light of history I.
Also included is the Djalkirri suite of prints by Fiona Hall. This group of six works was created following Hall's participation in a collaborative project with a group of Yolngu painters who have clan connections to Blue Mud Bay in Eastern Arnhem Land.
One of the Yolngu artists involved in this project, Mulkun Wirrpanda, is already represented in the collection and her depiction of sea grass is included here. Another related recent acquisition, a bark painting of a tropical water plant by Yolngu artist Malaluba Gumana, is also included.
Over the past three years the Gallery has been building up its fine collection of contemporary ceramics. The results of this activity can be seen here, including a very important and comprehensive gift of work by Petrus Spronk covering the entire range of his black ware practice.
Other recent ceramics acquisitions contrast the European-derived media of salt glaze and marbled porcelain with stonewares inspired by the ceramic traditions of South East Asia and Japan.