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Zombie Eaters

Walls at different angles jut out of a room. On the wall features black and white stripes, colourful circles and a text that say NGAJUU NGAAY.
Zombie Eaters

Hamishi Farah,
Matthew, 2020,
Acrylic and permanent marker on linen,
Courtesy the artist and Maxwell Graham, Essex Street, New York & Arcadia Missa, London

Zombie Eaters is an exhibition that looks to celebrate strengths in recent Australian painting. It is centered on four artists – Fiona Lowry, Hamishi Farah, Juan Davila, and Kate Smith – whose works are featured alongside 28 artists’ work drawn from the Murray Art Museum Albury Collection as well as public and private collections nationwide. The works date from 1960 onwards, with a focus on contemporary painting.

The four central artists approach painting as an active and enquiring medium. They display the medium’s ability to contend with artistic, political, cultural, and personal challenges. This approach continues throughout the exhibition, across a wide range of figurative approaches to painting.


There is an art joke that suggests painting is a zombie medium. It refuses to die, and like the undead zombie, walks the earth endlessly in search of brains. The joke is easily applied to the kind of painting that, over recent decades has been produced purely for decoration and which has been taken up by cynical collectors playing a market for profit. Zombie Eaters claims this joke need not be true. The paintings within it are vital, intelligent, and thought provoking. They are made by artists invested in the social and cultural potential of art.


These painters are the Zombie Eaters. The conquerors of the undead. They ensure painting lives forever.



Featuring:
Fiona Lowry, Hamishi Farah, Juan Davila and Kate Smith

With works by:
Amanda Marburg, Anna Kristensen, Daniel Boyd, Fred Cress, John Citizen, Gordon Hookey, Jackson Slattery, James Gleeson, Jelena Telecki, Josey Kidd-Crowe, Jude Rae, Julie Fragar, Karen Black, Kaylene Whiskey, Kieran Seymour, Margaret Olley, Marlene Gilson, Mitch Cairns, Natalya Hughes, Nicola Smith, Nigel Milsom, Patrick Hartigan, Pierre Mukeba, Stephen Bush, Tim Schultz, Vanessa Inkamala, Zoë M Robertson.

Juan Davila

Untitled, 2011-12,
Image courtesy of Juan Davila and Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art Photography Mark Ashkanasy

Hamishi Farah

Black & White Cookie, 2020
Acrylic on canvas with maple frame
Collection of James L. Cahn and Jeremiah J. Collatz, Minneapolis

Kate Smith

27 fucked paintings of the farm, stack, 2006
Oil on canvas, stack of 27 paintings
Image courtesy of Kate Smith and Sutton Gallery

James Gleeson

The Surfers (Bellerophon), c. 1960
Oil on board
Murray Art Museum Albury Collection, Bequest of Mr Justice J.F. Nagle AO, QC, 2010
Image courtesy of Murray Art Museum Albury

Fred Cress

Last Night, 1989
Murray Art Museum Albury Collection, Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Victoria Fernandez 2005.
Image courtesy of Murray Art Museum Albury

Margaret Olley

Eucharist Lilies, c. 1962
Murray Art Museum Albury Collection, on long term loan from Miss Drysdale
Image courtesy of Murray Art Museum Albury

Juan Davila

A man renounces love, 2010
Image courtesy of Juan Davila and Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art Photography Mark Ashkanasy

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