‘The Magic of Country’ presents over 50 works connected to a larger body of over 200 works initiated on a long ago trip to the MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs. Here, Lancashire sat and painted in the 40 degree heat. He looked and listened; and began to feel something else. He started out painting ‘landscape’ but ended up painting ‘country’— it’s gaps, chasms and gorges.
Working for over 40-years in cross-cultural contexts, Lancashire has seen the hard work that still needs to be done; but his works don’t get bogged down in this. They are optimistic and hopeful. They are a celebration of the rugged beauty and fragility of the Australian landscape; a place he describes as one of the most beautiful on the planet. He hopes the works will spark a curiosity in others. A curiosity to go, to see it, to smell it, to feel it. ‘The Magic of Country’ is a reminder that nature requires our nurture; and that we all have a role to play in turning the tide whether that be through activism, expression, communication, acknowledgement or appreciation.
The Nishi Gallery is a cultural space in Canberra, Australia. It explores human experience through the lens of local identity, objects and their meaning; the natural and built world; design experimentation and artisanal making. Our exhibitions program supports the subversive, the radical and the vernacular. Nishi Gallery is curated by Molonglo and made in collaboration with local, national and international artists and designers, creative and social enterprises, cultural organisations and independent curators via a submissions and commissions process.
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