It was mentioned awhile ago that we wanted to continue Evan’s love of Art and all things related. So I thought I’d tell you of my art experience from this weekend.
On Sunday I headed to the Art Gallery of NSW with little Monkey, Mr Monkey & Little Miss Poppit in tow. We had been planning to get there for months to see
“The First Emperor: China’s Entombed Warriors” and as it closes next Sunday it seemed a good time to do it. Obviously quite a few people had the same idea as the line snaked almost around the whole gallery.
So after grabbing some lunch we headed into ArtExpress, the exhibition that showcases the best of last year’s HSC (year 12) artworks in the state. I did art for my HSC (oh my god, was that really 7 years ago?!!) and while I got a very good mark for my major work I wasn’t lucky enough to make it into ArtExpress. I’ve managed to see the majority of the past 9 years exhibitions and am constantly astounded by the level of talent.
Whilst the exhibition was good as a whole, there were two or three that took my breath away. Acrylic paintings that looked so realistic that I had to check the blurb to make sure they weren’t photos, an old roll of music sheet that was stenciled with tiny, intricate and detailed drawings, a collection of bright and wonderful small square photos that revolved around the theme of string and a collection of photographs of a young girl that had been hand stitched with whimsical characters. Plus one of the sharpest photos I have seen in a long time: you can see every detail of the water drop dripping from the man’s nose.
All such amazing talent that you have to constantly remind yourself that the artist couldn’t be more than 18 years old. You can check the above link to see all of the artworks but I implore you to go see them in person if you are in Sydney. It is open until 9th May.
We then decided to brave the line seeing as we were already there and about 40 minutes later we made it in to the exhibition. It starts with an introduction of the Emperor and the region, you walk through a collection of articles excavated from the burial site which show the Emperor’s achievements and the evolution of the region’s skills and artistry. From here you move in to a dark room with some of the warriors in the centre. There is basically one of each of the types of statues, including the two types of horses. I just wish it wasn’t so crowded so I could’ve had a closer and longer look at the detailing. What I loved was the few people standing around sketching. Such a fantastic way to spend the day.
So to finish off all of my ramblings, have you seen these exhibitions? If so, what did you think? Have you seen any other artwork lately that you’d like to share?
Or have you seen an amazing work of talent lately, either young or old?
And just because it’s cute, here’s a photo of Lily making friends with one of the warriors.