Mark Schaller, Bennelong, 2019. Oil on linen, 152 x1 83cm. Courtesy: the artist and Nanda\ Hobbs, Sydney.
Mark Schaller was a cofounder of ROAR studios, the seminal Melbourne avant-garde movement of the 1980’s. To him, Sydney lay to the north – robustly exotic, rich in colonial and social history, glistening seductively in the sunlight. Iconic bridges and buildings that have located the city on the world map had their own gravitational pull. Inhabited by a plethora of people who would never die wondering what life had to offer, the Sydney of the mind was a place that anything was possible, and anything probably would happen.
This is the Sydney of Schaller’s memory—the exhibition Ghosts of Sydney is unashamedly nostalgic, it is in a way an exhibition of history painting with an expressive pop sensibility.
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Thursday 2 May 2019