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David Naseby – New Horizons Exhibition

March 5, 2016 - March 20, 2016

David Nasbey March Exhibition

Exhibition Details

An exhibition displaying exciting new work from one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary painters.

“The power of any iceberg lies beneath it’s tip. I want to discover if the character is made up or real, or if their bravado is a cover for their fear, or their kindness is a single of something sinister” – David Naseby

When: Saturday & Sunday from 11am – 6pm from 5th until 20th March, 2016

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David NASEBY (b 1937) Sutton, Surrey, UK

David Naseby is of one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary portrait painters with a passion for capturing the essence of his subject’s personality.

He has been a finalist in Australia’s prestigious Archibald Prize five times and winner of the Peoples Choice in 2002 Salon de Refusés with his painting of Richard Hall.

Over the years David has painted a number of notable Australian figures, including Sir John Gorton, Les Murray, Angry Anderson, Adam Cullen and cartoonist Bill Leak. Whether painting figures or landscapes, Naseby’s intention is always to discover what lies beneath the surface. He sees himself as a detective, delving into a life unknown, and investigating what a person’s flesh is actually covering.

“The power of any iceberg lies beneath its tip. I want to discover if the character is made up or real, or if their bravado is a cover for their fear, or their kindness is a signal of something sinister. It doesn’t matter whether they are someone sitting in the gutter or a priest in a position of power. I ask myself what are the tragedies and confrontations they have faced.” – David Naseby

Many years ago Naseby found himself on the edge of the Murray River at a spot where salinity had killed off all the trees on the riverbank. He recalls the ghostly forms of the dead gums looking like twisted, tortured dancers reaching up in prayer. The scene haunted him for a long time and later, when he came back to exploring the human form, it struck him that his figure paintings bore a close resemblance to the organic structure of the landscapes that he had been painting, and had haunted him for so long.

“Most of my paintings deal with confrontation of some kind or other. I feel I am wasting my time if they are not. I am only happy when I push my art beyond my own limits, which is when those free explosive marks begin to arrive. The bolder I am the more I begin to nail this power, and it is then I discover I do have some insight after all. There is a very fine balancing act between freedom and control. Even when figures are really distorted, I still want the viewer to be able to find a narrative. This involves eliminating the unnecessary elements, which is part of the process all good drawing and painting.” – David Naseby

Awarded the Arthur Boyd Artist in Scholarship, Bundanon, NSW, 2002, Naseby has exhibited extensively: National Portrait Gallery Canberra, Group and Solo Exhibitions and numerous public and private collections throughout Australia, U.K. and USA, including Rupert Murdoch and Macquarie Bank.


March 5, 2016
March 20, 2016
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Saturday & Sunday only 11am-6pm.


Badger & Fox Gallery
201 Albion Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Australia
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