Andrew Sibley: An Epic of the Everyman

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Macmillan Education AU, 2004 - Art - 191 pages
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This richly detailed and colourfully illustrated book explores, via a series of key themes, the work of Melbourne artist Andrew Sibley. A self-confessed obsessive with demonic energy and fierce determination to 'live his art', Sibley presents his 'family' of contemporary 'everyman' and 'everywoman', now more light-hearted than they once were in his earlier work. As Helen Elliott remarks: 'There is every possibility of happiness in the world, the music plays, the people dance, the moon sparkles, the lovers love'. But, as David Thomas's text reveals, in Sibley's images not all is ever quite what is seems-human beings are a strange crowd, but there is little they can conceal from the artist with his insight into the human condition. The text explores Sibley's recent themes such as 'Beautiful Human Zoo' with it's myriad of foibles, 'Saint Down Under'-people like lolly-pop ladies and 'Madonnas' of the rotary-hoist-and 'The Artist in Love', the latter presented via Sibley's quirky visual interpretations of popular songs. His many portraits entered the Archibald Prize and the more recent landscape paintings are also treated in sections of the book. Nor is the political context neglected here. Altogether, a very thought provoking monograph on an artist who has been surprising us for many decades.
 

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Contents

THE POLITICAL DIMENSION 55
29
CHAPTER Vl
59
LANDSCAPES IN ART l l l
1978
AWARDS AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS
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David M. Thomas is the retired Vice-President Academic of Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC. Educated in the United Kingdom, France, and Canada, he has held a number of senior academic administrative appointments in addition to teaching. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Calgary; is author of "Whistling Past the Graveyard: Constitutional Abeyances, Quebec, and the Future of Canada"; was a co-editor of "Braving the New World: Readings in Contemporary Politics"; and is the editor of the first two editions of "Canada and the United States: Differences that Count.

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