Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Exhibition of new works by Trevor Turbo Brown at 242

We are excited to announce our new venture as publisher of editioned screen prints from Aboriginal artists of South Eastern Australia. And what better way to kick start this venture with a series of screenprints of Trevor Turbo Brown's paintings.

The last few years have seen Turbo’s work exhibited widely beyond Victoria, with his inclusion in a show in Italy, a solo show in London, and several sell out shows in Sydney. His work has also been collected by the National Gallery of Australia, and the National Gallery of Victoria. The new year will see two of his paintings featured on banners around the City of Melbourne as part of Indigenous Art Week. Both paintings, Eagle Spring Morning and Yellow and Red Tailed Black Cockatoos, feature in this exhibition.

Brown’s day-to-day life is a far cry from the rarefied air of stark white gallery spaces where his work is usually shown. In spite of being a child of the stolen generation, a decade spent in prison, periods of homelessness, Brown has continued to find solace, escape, innocence, and energy through painting. Increasingly however, the scars of his hardships are evident in the native animals that populate his paintings. And, it could be argued, his work is stronger and more vital because of this.