06 December, 2008

Tony Ameneiro - Mittagong

"The Gib"

December 19 2008 - February 15 2009

Sturt Gallery

Range Rd Mittagong Ph 02 4860 2083
Open seven days l0 - 5 www.sturt.nsw.edu.au

The show is based on the iconic "Mount Gibraltar" which separates and defines the two towns of Mittagong and Bowral in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

My work for “The Gib” exhibition continues my interest in ‘markers’ or features that define the landscape and the possibilities of alternative surfaces for drawing which connect with the subject at hand. The white ink drawings on varnished local “Gib Trachyte” stone follow through with this idea. The large scale etching “ Gib N.W. Face” in common with my previous ‘Location’ works, borrows the contour lines from topographic maps of the landscape. In this work the closely gathered contour lines from the map of the Gib are gouged into the etching plate, printing as drypoint marks in the deep shadow areas of the image. In essence the map is drawn back into the landscape.



Tony Ameneiro is an artist and educator who uses both drawing and printmaking to develop and extend his ideas and images. His work reveals a sense of condensed observation with references to art history and is executed with great attention to detail. In series such as LOCATION and PARK EDGE, there is often a focus on symbols of place and the layering of culture and geography. Some of the more recent prints combine colour multi-plate printing and chine collé techniques, overlapping ideas and images with the use of Japanese papers and tissues.

Twice chosen by the Print Council of Australia as their commissioned print artist, and winner of the 2007 Fremantle Print Award, his prints are held in several State and Regional Gallery collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Queensland Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the State Library of Victoria.

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