FROM THE MOUNTAIN TO THE SKY: GUY WARREN DRAWINGS
EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday 17 April – Saturday 22 May 2021
EXHIBITION LOCATION: The Drawing Gallery, National Art School
OPENING NIGHT: Friday 16 April, 6–9pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm
CURATOR: Deborah Beck
The National Art School will launch its new Drawing Gallery with an exhibition of drawings and works on paper by Guy Warren AM, NAS Alumnus, Fellow and esteemed artist. Drawing has always been at the heart of Guy’s art practice. When he turns 100 in April 2021, he will have been drawing for at least 85 years. He has had a continuing concern with people as an integral part of the environment, using his personal view of the world to depict our relationship with mountains, jungles, rivers, deserts and the sky. He has often extended his art beyond the gallery. In 1994 he undertook the largest drawing ever attempted in Australia, a sky drawing of Icarus at 14,000 feet over Sydney Harbour. Risk taking is an integral part of Guy’s drawing practice, and the ephemeral and beautiful image created with vapour is a testament to his poetic vision.
This exhibition explores the artist’s primal urge to draw and the diverse ways he makes his mark. It pays tribute to the artist’s great contribution to Australia’s visual culture, and a lifetime of creativity based on drawing.