Anthony White

The Rodd, Sidney Nolan Trust

21st May 2019 - 25th June 2019

The Rodd, Sidney Nolan Trust. Photo courtesy Alex Ramsey

The Sidney Nolan Trust and Informality are delighted to announce, a virtual exhibition, showing the work of Paris based, Australian artist Anthony White. White’s work will be displayed digitally throughout The Rodd, a 17th-century property and outbuildings in Presteigne, Wales where renowned Australian artist, Sidney Nolan resided for 10 years.

The online exhibition supports Anthony White’s recent award of the Creative Arts Fellowship which has been postponed due to the current international travel restrictions. White will use the award to research Sidney Nolan’s writings, sketches and notes held in the collection at the National Library of Australia, relating to the creation of the Eureka Stockade mural commissioned by the Reserve Bank of Australia in 1966. The research will inform and inspire White in the ideation and development of a new body of work that he will create whilst undertaking a residency at The Rodd, Nolan’s working environment, in 2021.

The painting Docile Bodies I, 2019 is inspired by a response to Michel Foucault’s book Discipline and Punish (1977).

"Through the use of collage I wanted to give a sense of the opening chapter of the book, punishment in all its forms. The manner in which this work was made draws from the German/French visual artist Rotraut Klein-Moquay. Rotraut threw paint doused rags at the surface of the canvas working aggressively at the surface of the work. In the same sense, I have let that ball of rag turn into a long arcing wet rag which I then whip across the surface of the painting".

Docile Bodies I, 2019
Collage, flashe, neoprene and acrylic on linen
152 x 152 cm

The Right Side of History I, II, III 2019
Oil on ripolin on linen
55 x 46 cm

The Right Side of History I, II, III, 2019, looks at compositional elements of the Australian landscape against a political backdrop. White responded to Australian politicians who were talking about a 'right side of history' defining winners and losers with polarizing language that separated the audience.

Portal II, 2017
Oil and ripolin on linen
150 x 120 cm

Ghibli, 2019
Acrylic and flashe on linen
61 x 54.5 cm

Vedova 2019
Oil, acrylic and ripolin on linen
140 x 120 cm

"The stronger things that need to be said, the more you can be sure the material and the technique will be found. The artist has an eternal sense of investigation”. Emilio Vedova 1961

For further information and to know more about Anthony White, please contact: info@informality.co