Locust Jones’ news-inspired artwork takes plague proportions in AGNSW Dobell drawing show

Blue Mountains artist Locust Jones pictured with one of his artworks at Sydney Olympic Park last year. Picture: supplied

 

THERE are news junkies, and then there’s Locust Jones.

By Linda Morris, Sydney Morning Herald - 27 February 2018

One of Australia's most prestigious prizes for drawing is to be revived after it was discontinued six years ago.

The National Art School will become the new home of the Dobell Drawing Prize when it is reinstituted from March 2019 during a 10-week ''mini festival'' dedicated to the art form.

Longer term, Australia's oldest art school is keen to develop a national centre for drawing to underline the importance of the fundamental visual skill in traditional art practice as well as conceptual, performance and digital art, video and film.

Once seen to be a dying art, even photo media artists are now putting drawing at the heart of their work.

The National Art School today announced the revival of the Dobell Drawing Prize. The new biennial Prize will be presented at NAS Gallery from March 2019, alongside a new drawing symposium that explores the importance of drawing in all its diversity.

The Prize is a biennial competition by submission and will showcase the expanded field of drawing. The inaugural exhibition at the National Art School of The Dobell Drawing Prize will take place from 28 March to 25 May 2019, with the Prize to be announced at the exhibition launch on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

Steven Alderton, Director of the National Art School said:

“The National Art School is delighted to be working with the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation on this very important Prize and exhibition. Drawing is absolutely central to the National Art School’s curriculum, so the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the many facets of contemporary drawing practice is welcomed. We are very much looking forward to working with the Foundation on the Prize and exhibition, and offering artists another forum to explore the dynamic medium of drawing.”

 Karen Smith (Principal of Wyndham College) and Charles Lloyd Jones from the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation with the winners of the award to a school that’s HSC Visual Arts performance.

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Photo media and the male figure which will be presented at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery from 6 October 2017. Curated by Richard Perram OAM, the Gallery’s director, it will be drawn from Australian and international collections.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery will be celebrating summer with Board, curated by Gallery staff member, Meryl Ryan, and opening in December 2017.

Penrith Regional Gallery
& The Lewers Bequest
3 September – 27 November 2016

REVIEW


By Craig Judd, www.artlink.com.au

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time searching out gullies and large stones in the nearby bush. Probably influenced by a confluence of half understood stories of NASA’s latest success or failure, Astro Boy and Sally Field’s Flying Nun, when the wind was blowing in the right direction I would do a massive running jump off said gully edge and stone rampart so that I could feel, even for a millisecond a sense of flight or weightlessness. Call me an old fashioned modernist but I still get excited at just the thought of catching a plane.

Curated by Lee-Anne Hall, Director of Penrith Regional Gallery, and Katie Dyer from Sydney’s Museum Of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Gravity (and Wonder) is an impressive exhibition. Roughly divided into four sections Motion and Acceleration, Measurement and Understanding, Space and Time, Mass and Attraction, this broadly encompassing schema was full of wit, wonder, intelligence and romance.

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