I’m a fan of art that has an edge, some bite, maybe some blinding colour, or just blows my mind when looking at it for the first time. Therefore, my trip to check out Newcastle Art Gallery’s Modern Masterpieces exhibition was with some trepidation – would I like the ‘old’ stuff? Some hour and a half later, I came away deeply impressed by the range and quality of work. In particular, the works of William Dobell, a local to the area, were visually stunning. Accordingly, the portrait of Margaret Olley by Dobell (Archibald Prize winner in 1948) is probably the most important piece; vibrant, stunning and magnificent. The exhibition runs until March 4 – so be quick!
FOR CREATIVE INSPIRATION
In partnership with our friends at Optus, we present the third in a three part Lost At E Minor video series that puts the spotlight on some young, handpicked Australian creatives, doing inspirational things within their chosen fields. Episode Three features 16-year old Melbourne-based producer, Gab Strum (aka Japanese Wallpaper), who has racked up thousands of plays over the past year or so via a number of well-blogged remixes ranging from City Calm Down and The Townhouses to bootlegs of The xx and Bon Iver.