Outback Australia is a bewitching land. Its peaceful solitude has inspired entire artisan communities. None more-so than outback artist Clarke Barrett. Through creation, Clark becomes more entranced by its undulating red sand landscapes with each rise and fall of his paintbrush. Passion for country, yearning for adventure and endless curiosity guide him from one artwork to the next.
Art-lovers will leave wondering what lies around the next bend in the road.
For those who cannot suppress their sense of adventure, Clark often leads tours for 4WD tour company Tri State Safaris.
DATE: 28th September – 11th November 2018 LOCATION: Broken Hill Regional Art Museum, 404–408 Argent St, Broken Hill, NSW OPEN HOURS: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Sunday COST: Entry to the Broken Hill Regional Art Museum
CLARK BARRETT BIOGRAPHY OF AN OUTBACK ARTIST
A love of old road maps and a sense of adventure prompted Clark to explore the region’s dirt roads, sometimes travelling out as far as 400kms. Fascinated by the laser bright intensity of the outback sunlight and the way it makes colour vibrate, Clark has spent the past 40 years searching these back roads for his inner and outer landscape.
Travelling through stations and camping out or sleeping in shearers’ quarters, Clark would knock on the doors of isolated homesteads hoping to meet the people and experience this fascinating land. This curiosity led to him amassing an enviable collection of experiences and gain valuable insight into the light and life of the ‘bush’.
Clark’s on site artworks seek to capture the colourful glory of nature’s morning and evening light. His large studio works and 3D constructions communicate Clark’s spiritual link to the landscape and its unique history.
To Clark, there is no mute landscape. He loves the stories and history behind each outback journey. The local roads are less a landscape than a region of his mind and heart. To the inexperienced, those same roads are simply rough old dirt tracks.
CLARK BARRETT ART TOURS | TRI STATE SAFARIS
Take a walk along the unwinding roads of outback Australia, with outback artist Clark Barrett. As your tour guide, Clark casts a spell over the iconic landmarks to show them in a light not yet realised. With many years travelling through country, many of the tours led by Clarke take passengers off the beaten track to see the beauty that is often missed, by those not local to the area.
Upon request, Clark Barrett is available to lead most tours as found on the Tri State Safaris website.
Dates can be negotiated by contacting the Tri State Safaris office on 08 8088 2389 or email@example.com
MORE LOCAL ART EXHIBITIONS AS FOUND ON THE BROKEN HILL CITY COUNCIL WEBSITE
OBJET D’ART | ROBERT CLINCH & JEFF BROWN
Inspired by an innocent conversation with car collector Jeff Brown, outback artist Robert Clinch has painstakingly transformed an iconic Australian sportscar into Objet d’Art.
Over a period of 12 months, the realism artist hand-painted the 1960s Goggomobil Dart to bear his signature motif, the paper dart. Representing imagination, transcience, purity and fragility, the paper dart has appeared throughout Clinch’s artworks since 1985.
Accompanying the car, this exhibition also includes detailed sketches, test panels and a documentary video about the project.
MOVING HISTORIES // FUTURE PROJECTIONS
Moving Histories // Future Projections brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screenbased media including Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Kate Blackmore and Jacinta Tobin, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk, Angelica Mesiti and Caroline Garcia, curated by Kelly Doley and Diana Baker-Smith of Barbara Cleveland (formally Brown Council).
The artists in Moving Histories // Future Projections approach their subject matter in a variety of ways – they turn the camera on themselves, re-stage historical events or reimagine alternative futures through speculative accounts of the past. Through repetition, montage and mimicry, they explore a space where time folds in on itself and back again, each looking back while also moving forward. Collectively and individually they act as historians, archivists and archaeologists – excavating historical materials, digging through archives and channeling the past to make new connections across time and space.
A dLux Media Arts exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW
PETER OSBORN | FROM RAILWAY TOWN TO THE WESTERN FRONT 1917
This exhibition of paintings and sculptures commemorates the lives of the Broken Hill soldiers who served at the Western Front in World War 1. Peter’s grandfather, William Osborn, spent his working life with Broken Hill South Mining Company and kept a unique diary which served as the inspiration and source for this work.
This exhibition is a tribute to the extraordinary courage, resilience and humanity of these men who went from the heat and dust of Broken Hill to the mud and shells of the Western Front. It is a stark reminder of the devastating carnage and destruction that war brings.
MAKE YOUR STAY OUT OF THE ORDINARY
Immerse yourself in the artistic community of Broken Hill, with Out of the Ordinary food and accommodation.
The Broken Hill Outback Resort – New venue boasting picturesque backdrops for campers and caravans. The Argent Hotel – Family-friendly accommodation in the heart of Broken Hill The Tourist Lodge – Budget accommodation in the Broken Hill CBD