Andrew Sibley: An Epic of the Everyman
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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AWARDS AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Alan McCulloch Albert Park Albert Tucker All's Andrew Sibley Archibald Prize Art Collection art critic Art Prize artist Australian art Australian Painting awarded Beautiful Human Zoo BMGArt Brisbane Canberra cm image contemporary Curator dated l.r. drawings enamel on canvas enamel on linen figure Fred Williams Gallery 101 Gallery of Australia gift gouache on paper hardboard Herald Sun Human Zoo ink on paper Jon Molvig Judy Cassab June Bronhill Ken McGregor landscape lconic Fragments Love lrena Sibley Mad Lovers Many-Splendored Thing Meet the Family Melbourne National Gallery oil and enamel oil on canvas painter pencil on paper Pieta Plate Playgrounds Private collection purchased Queensland Art Gallery Regional Art Gallery Regional Gallery Rodney Hall Sasha Grishin Sibley 61 Sibley 80 Sibley's Sibley's art signed and dated Sigrid Thornton Solander Gallery South Australia South Wales Stanthorpe Sulman Competitions Sulman Prizes Sydney synthetic polymer paint Touch of Madness Wynne and Sulman