David Larwill’s highly irreverent and individualistic approach to art and life is the focus of this Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery survey exhibition which covers a decade of work from 2002 to 2011.
Nationally and internationally recognised for his distinctive and exuberant style based on vibrant colour, simplified forms and stylised figures, for many years David Larwill (1956–2011) called the Mornington Peninsula home.
From his Somers studio situated on Western Port and through regular outback trips and residencies in Alice Springs, Larwill produced a remarkable and sustained body of work including large-scale paintings, drawing, printmaking and sculpture through to quirky and rough-hewn assemblages made from objects washed up on his local beach.
Featuring some 35 works, including major canvases from each year, this landmark exhibition is the first to survey David Larwill’s work since his acclaimed 2001 national tour.
It reveals the development of the artist’s working methods and techniques, the range and breadth of his work, the important role of narrative and humour and his commitment to family, friends, landscape, the environment and contemporary Australian art.
David Larwill: Ten years on
Morning Peninsula Regional Gallery – Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington
Exhibition: 19 July – 1 September 2013
For more information, visit: www.mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au for details.
Image: David Larwill, Hawks and doves 2006 (detail), synthetic polymer paint on canvas, Private collection, Courtesy of Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney, © The Estate of David Larwill. Courtesy of Fiona Larwill and Sotheby’s Australia