To be opened by: Sally Baillieu & Will Baillieu OAM
our 2020 Chinese New Year Party
Opening: 11 January 2020, 5.00pm – 8.00pm
With an art practice that spans almost 50 years, Dr Gary Willis is an artist with an extraordinary breadth of achievement in mediums that include painting, printmaking, video and performance works. The current exhibition presents a survey of portrait commissions along with landscapes painted on rural properties across South Eastern Australia. These highly refined oil-on-canvas paintings are the product of many hours dedicated to capturing the intricacies of the artist’s chosen subjects, whether individual sitter or vast Australian landscape. The first such painting, commissioned by Sally and Will Baillieu captures their Mornington Peninsula property known as Grasslands. The painting, which includes an iconic vista of the entry into Port Phillip Bay, is emblematic of the artist’s technical ability and poetic sensibility. In recent years Gary has been visiting China where he has been painting, exhibiting and presenting guest lectures in Australian art history at Chongqing Normal University, School of Art.