Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Configured: Aspects of contemporary Western Australian figurative art

Further information

Exhibition dates:
18 June - 2 August 2006

Curator: Kevin Robertson

Artists include:

  • Andrew Daly
  • Jo Darbyshire
  • Leanne Emmitt
  • Richard Gunning
  • Thomas Hoareau
  • David Lamb
  • Joanna Lamb
  • Garry Pumfrey
  • Kevin Robertson


Configured is a selection of contemporary representational painting curated by Perth artist Kevin Robertson.

Configured situates current figurative practice in a distinctly postmodern context by selecting artists who re-work images from the past and explore contemporary imagery.

From Kevin Robertson’s unconventional figure studies to Jo Darbyshire’s haunting under-water jellyfish paintings to Garry Pumfrey’s suburban delis and Joanna Lamb’s uneasy representations of the suburban landscape, this show features a range of subjects and styles.

Joanna Lamb Airport 4, 2004, oil on canvas, 160 x 200 cm

Garry Pumfrey Conca's, 2004, oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm

Jo Darbyshire Big Brown Jellyfish, 2003, oil on canvas, 152 x 102 cm

Configured was assisted by Art on the Move, the National Touring Exhibition Structure for Western Australia through the State Exhibition and Touring Funds.

Transience: figurative art in new hands

Transience is a parallel exhibition to Configured which looks at the work of a small number of very recent graduates from the three university art schools in Perth, all of whom are using figurative techniques.

Their work can be characterised by a shared interest in small worlds, domestic and personal, and in memory, reminiscence and impermanence.

Together the exhibitions reflect a continuing intense concentration on personal experience in painting in Western Australia.


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