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Photographer turns lens on real life in travelling exhibit

The Newcastle Art Gallery will showcase the work of Australian contemporary artist Bill Henson as the first stop on a travelling exhibition by Monash Gallery of Art (MGA). 

“The light fades but the gods remain” showcases two key series by the fine art photographer, exploring the suburb of Glen Waverley where he grew up.  

In celebration of MGA’s 25th anniversary, Henson was commissioned to revisit the suburb of his childhood and to produce a new body of work that reflects upon his earlier series Untitled 1985-86, known by many as “the suburban series”. 

This ground-breaking commission offers unparalleled insight into the artist as he revisits the landscape of his childhood to explore the notion of home, intensifying the everyday to a point of dramatic revelation and romantic beauty. 

To complement the exhibition, from 27 February until 16 May, Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG) will also display a selection of 13 works of art by Henson from the city’s collection.  

NAG director Lauretta Morton said the gallery was committed to delivering a diverse and high-quality program of contemporary exhibitions for the community. 

“This exhibit will provide a thought-provoking experience for visitors, it strongly captures a sense of place and highlights our universal desire to belong,” she explained.

“The travelling exhibition will be complemented by works of art from the gallery’s collection, including Henson’s early 1974-75 series, as well as the Paris Opera Project series (1990-91). 

“With four decades of Henson’s photography on display, the two exhibitions showcase the thematic range of the artist’s practice, as well as the strength and breadth of Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection.” 

For further information, visit the Newcastle Art Gallery website.

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