2 April - 21 April 2009
about the exhibition
The etchings of Bruce Latimer explore the dysfunctional and counter-productive relationships between society and the natural world. Bruce’s ethereal and brooding compositions reflect the clash between natural and man-made environments, often depicting the obtrusive presence of modern technology and machines within the natural landscape with a touch of irony. Commenting on his current exhibition, Bruce states ‘I celebrate nature’s successes despite our best efforts to disturb the natural order. I look for poetic connections and use the intensity of the etching medium to juxtapose and entwine and to ultimately make tenuous connections concrete’. The exploration of human and environmental conditions has been a dominant subject of Bruce’s prints and is often played out in natural settings where trees and animals are depicted as mute witnesses to encroaching urbanisation.
Born in Sydney, Bruce Latimer gained his Diploma in Fine Arts in painting from the National Art School in 1973, then his Diploma of Education in Art the following year. Since then he has lectured in painting and printmaking at the Sydney College of the Arts and the National Art School amongst other institutions. Bruce’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the state galleries of NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland, as well as many Australian regional galleries, including Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Newcastle Region Art Gallery. Bruce has also received international recognition through exhibitions in the United States of America and his work is included the National Gallery of New Zealand and the Noumea Art Gallery.