The first of these artists - primarily a print maker - was Polish-born Lidia Groblicka (1933-2012). These two images probably don't do her work justice, but I loved the way she used lines and the social commentary evident in most of her prints. Like myself, she emigrated from Britain to Adelaide, so I was interested by those elements of the migrant's story she drew on too.
|detail: Plantation in Spring by Lidia Groblicka|
|Happy Landing by Lidia Groblicka|
And I was absolutely gob-smacked by the paintings of Adelaide artist, Anna Platten (b.1957). Can't quite get over these. I'm not always taken with photo-realism if there's little more than the polished cleverness of that to admire, but what I loved about almost every one of Platten's paintings (and her charcoal drawings for that matter) was that she'd created an imaginary stage set on which to interpret, mythologise and unify, to some extent, her experiences and ideas about the world, and particularly how she's viewed and understood aspects of herself at different points in her life - at least that's the way I've been interpreting her work. Not only was there a symbolic narrative to each painting, but there was a narrative thread between many.
|Flower - dedicated to Mark Conway Walter by Anna Platten|
|Woman and Man in Embrace by Anna Platten|
|Journey - Landmark by Anna Platten|