What’s in the Stockroom?

To celebrate 10 years since we started our ‘What’s in the Stockroom?’ newsletter, each week we wander through one of the region’s premiere stockrooms to find out what treasures lay inside.

Nicholas Thompson Gallery

This week we visit Melbourne’s Nicholas Thompson Gallery, with gallery director Nicholas Thompson. Pictured with work by Amber Wallis.

Virginia Cuppaidge, Vrinda, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 114 x 182cm.

“Virginia returned to Australia in 2017, after more than forty years in New York. She has been warmly welcomed back with a survey at Newcastle Art Gallery and inclusion in the NGA’s ‘Know my name’ initiative,” says Thompson.

“This painting is one of the last of her smaller Skyspace works, which Jane Eckett from the University of Melbourne described as ’emotionally charged and romantic, yet as tautly balanced as steel constructions’.”

Suzanne Archer, Serendipity, 1990. Mixed media on canvas, 173.5 x 243cm.

“Last year was the 50th anniversary of Suzanne’s first solo exhibition, she had two surveys at regional galleries, and we launched her monograph ‘Song of the Cicada’ at Sydney Contemporary.”

“In his review, Rex Butler described Suzanne as ‘positioned firmly in the canon of great Australian painters’. This unique interpretation of the Wedderburn landscape was exhibited in her survey at Maitland Regional Art Gallery and illustrated in the monograph.”

Antonia Sellbach, Unstable Object 31, 2019. Acrylic on linen, 150 x 150cm.

“Antonia’s work has been exhibited at the NGV, Heide and RMIT, and her first exhibition with the gallery last year had a terrific response, with work acquired by both private and public collections. Antonia submitted her PhD thesis at the end of last year and is now working towards an exhibition for March 2021 of her continuing series of abstracted depictions of coloured, serial frames in varying iterations.”

Amber Wallis, Bedroom Interior and Drapes After Your Painting Apple Orchard Orgy, 2019. Oil on raw linen, 150 x 150cm.

“For her July exhibition, Amber invited ten artists and writers to respond to each painting, and we published their texts throughout the show to engage with the audience from afar.”

“The exhibition’s contemplative themes of interiors, memory, distance and relationships feel very suited to this moment.”

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