Coming soon to Bendigo Art Gallery is a selection of works by locally based artist Craig Gough. Hung alongside paintings by Leonard French, Robert Jacks, Inge King, Charles Blackman and more, this forthcoming display will provide an opportunity to experience first-hand works by a number of renowned Australian artists represented in the city’s own permanent collection.
Originally from Perth, Craig Gough achieved early success participating in a number of exhibitions, in addition to his teaching and professional writing. He moved to Melbourne in 1974 to take up a lectureship in painting at Caulfield Institute of Technology (now Monash University). Gough was appointed Head of Department in Fine Art and Senior Lecturer in Painting before leaving in 1994 to pursue his artistic practice.
Gough has been the recipient of numerous awards and art prizes throughout his career, with his work being acquired by major public galleries, and corporate, institutional and private collections both in Australia and overseas. Gough is now based in central Victoria, working from Gaspard Studios with his partner and fellow artist, Wendy Stavrianos.
Gough draws upon observations of his surroundings for inspiration and his knowledge of the historical context of painting to create works that are both contemplative and expressive. Starting with initial drawings and paintings, Gough resolves problems on a smaller scale before undertaking the final works.
Within his compositions, Gough utilises simple structures as a platform for the exploration of colour and form. The garden, home and immediate environment provide seemingly endless inspiration, with no end to the configurations possible. Gestural and fluid, the deliberately flattened surfaces of these works encourage the viewer to focus on the emotion conveyed rather than a recorded or literal view.
Meet the artist
Find out more about the work of Craig Gough when he speaks about his practice, influences and inspiration at a free public talk on Wednesday 19 September at the La Trobe Arts Institute, 121 View St. 10am Morning tea, 10:30am Guest speaker event.