This is a very beautiful exhibition by well-known Adelaide artist, Rita Hall. According to the exhibition catalogue; “The works are a tribute to the art of Giorgia Morandi (1890 – 1964), who searched for the inner life of inanimate objects though his paintings and etchings. Rita emulates the conceptual aspirations of Morandi and adds her own twist.”
Although initially confronting, the paintings reminded me of the Drought series by Sydney Nolan, with clear colours, stark graphic imagery and stunning impact when viewed from a distance. It also made me appreciate with new eyes the movement and colour of live birds in the wild after leaving the exhibition. As the catalogue says; “Rita feels that a wild bird is a living treasure, living and dying as part of the natural life cycle. Its feathers never change colour, its wings are still intact, its little beak remains firm, it is inherently beautiful, alive or dead.” And the way Rita Hall records it, it is.
Still Lives by Rita Hall
4th February – 13 March 2011
68 Main Street, Hahndorf. South Australia
Open 10am to 5pm daily
For more images and after the exhibition:
Rita Hall Website