The Melbourne winter lockdown resulted in many households and businesses tidying their backrooms, stores and garages. In Kristin Headlam’s case, her studio underwent a serious search. Many old friends were unearthed: the brooding, romantic paintings of gardens from the 1990s; works from the News series with their cool gaze and satirical intent; and the tender and penetrating glimpses of everyday objects rendered in watercolour.
In this exhibition, we see the genres that continue to inspire and bear fruit for this painter, draughtswoman and print-maker: the portrait – whether painted from life, from photograph, or from art history; the landscape – both public parks and private gardens; and the still life. The gallery hopes this will be a welcome re-showing of works which have not been seen in Melbourne for decades, and others which have returned from interstate exhibitions over the years.
The gallery is open and practicing COVID-19 social distancing measures. The exhibition can be viewed online here.