9 February – 21 April 2019
142 days from now
10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, 7 days during school holidays
Latin for 'many flowers', the subject of flora has been an enduring and alluring theme for artists of all epochs and genres. Once considered a benign and romantic subject matter, the depiction of the floral in art has become a subject that contemporary artists are repeatedly drawn to as an allegory for broader concerns.
These include the environment (Fiona Hall), beauty and narcissism (Michael Zavros), while also showcasing the technical brilliance of processes such as traditional Japanese woodcut printmaking (Cressida Campbell) and important references to traditional Dreaming stories by some of Australia's most important Indigenous artists.
Floribunda features works of art drawn exclusively from the Newcastle Art Gallery collection including artists such as Peter Atkins, Cressida Campbell, Grace Cossington Smith, McClean Edwards, Fiona Hall, Shoji Hamada, Rosalie Gascoigne, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Peter Madden, Danie Mellor, Sidney Nolan, Bronwyn Oliver, Margaret Olley, Gloria Petyarre, Margaret Preston, Tom Roberts, Kate Rohde, Brett Whiteley and Michael Zavros.