Beaver Galleries Exhibitions: Andrew Sayers and Judy HoracekShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
Beaver Galleries current exhibitions are a juxtaposition of two diametrically opposed artists. Together they so much about the artists and their Canberra connections.
Judy Horacek, presenting her first Beaver solo exhibition Far and Near, with a delightful theme from her love of old maps, travel, boats and flying with watercolours, prints and small objects to showcase her many and varied talents. Yes we know her as the freelance cartoonist, with many published in collections, she’s also illustrated children’s picture books and if you have littlies you’ll know her collaboration with Mem Fox on ‘Where is the Green Sheep’. But for most of us the Horacek whimsical is what so simply says so much and brings all manner of emotions to the pleasure of her work.
Then the hardest of all to encapsulate in a brief description is the 16 works collection by Andrew Sayers that he’d been working on for many months for Beaver Galleries, but sadly died before the exhibition. It brought a big crowd to the opening and all felt a sense of the Sayers they knew, joy at his interpretations of familiar places and spaces and that sense of the private man who was always so charming, good to laugh and talk with and so influential in his chosen area of arts administration.
‘Dairy Farmers Hill’ a gouache of simplicity and charm with his view of Black Mountain from the Boardroom at the National Museum of Australia, titled ‘Room with a View’ one he knew intimately, will bring pleasure to their new owners. The Exhibition is called ‘A lens of clear air’ from Judith Wright’s writing about Canberra and Sayers has fulfilled his wish to encapsulate his version of her words for the Canberra mood he wanted to paint with the South Coast providing a different sense of the things that made painting for him a lifelong pleasure.
His daughter Ianthe sad to see the paintings that have been ‘at home’ in Melbourne being sold, but happy they’ve gone to people who knew him.
The exhibitions continue at Beaver Galleries until 29 November.