15 October – 1 November 2020

about the exhibition

Since completing his formal art training in 1977, Melbourne artist Thornton Walker has travelled extensively and had more than forty solo exhibitions. His work is represented in collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the British Museum and the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan. Studies in solitude extends Thornton Walker’s long experimentation with the dynamics of composition, perspective and spatial depth. His landscapes and seascapes are overwhelmingly beautiful yet mysterious and still. And, through his still lifes, he explores arrangements of quiet objects of ascetic, ruminative character – calligraphy brushes, skulls, leaves, fragments of Eastern poetry. Gently alluding to the world in 2020, he inscribes words by the thirteenth-century writer Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī: “Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened . . . Let the beauty we love be what we do.”

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