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Wagga Wagga Art Gallery | Tony Ameneiro: Head Over Head

exhibition launch

Image: Tony Ameneiro, ‘Wilson Head #12 (Janus Version)’ (detail), 2016, colour drypoint with monotype.

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery presents the exhibition Head Over Head, an exhibition of works by of one of Australia’s most significant contemporary printmakers, Tony Ameneiro. On public display from Saturday 18 February, Head Over Head explores issues of mortality and regeneration through more than three dozen prints and drawings, including drypoint, etching and monotype works on paper.

The works presented in Head Over Head have been inspired by the artist’s life drawing practice, and sessions spent sketching specimens in the Shellshear and Wilson museums at the University of Sydney, from their collections of physical anthropology and anatomy.

Describing his practice and the development of this exhibition, Tony Ameneiro says that, “Drawing has always been a really important component of my work. The immediacy, impulsiveness and time-restricted situation is really invigorating – it’s the opposite to the pace of working in a print studio.

“That thinking is something I’ve carried over to working in the Sydney University museum environment, where cameras and digital devices are banned. Pencil and paper are all you have to record the information. For me, it became a welcome restriction. Each drawing took on its unique history and journey.”

Currently based in Mittagong in the NSW Southern Highlands, Tony Ameneiro has exhibited regularly in solo and group exhibitions for over three decades. He was the winner of the 2007 Fremantle Print Award, and been selected as a finalist three times in the Dobell Drawing Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as twice being selected for the Print Council of Australia’s annual print commission.

Ameneiro’s work is held by several major institutions including the British Museum, the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the State Library of Victoria.

Tony Ameneiro: Head Over Head will be officially launched by Dr Thomas Middlemost, Art Curator at Charles Sturt University, on Saturday 18 February at 1pm. The exhibition is on display in the Margaret Carnegie Gallery at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery from Saturday 18 February until Sunday 23 April, 2017.

Exhibition Launch: Saturday 18 February, 1pm-3pm
Exhibition Dates: Saturday 18 February – Sunday 23 April, 2017
For more information head to the website or call the gallery on (02) 6926 9660.