Tas­ma­nian Naivists

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Burnie Re­gional Art Gallery Un­til 29 July, 2018

‘If you have to ask what naïve art is, you will never know.’ – Vik­tor Zapp­ner

After lis­ten­ing to the melodic twists of Th­elo­nious Monk in the early 1960s, mu­si­cian and art lover Vik­tor Zapp­ner dis­cov­ered a link be­tween jazz and the work of Henri Rousseau. This ap­pre­ci­a­tion and un­der­stand­ing of naïve art shapes ‘Tas­ma­nian Naivists’ fea­tur­ing Pat Hull, Ray (Shorty) Keet­ing, Tut Ludby, Chris Wil­son and Bill Yax­ley, whose paint­ings and sculp­tures cre­ate a re­fresh­ing, child­like in­no­cence jux­ta­posed with a propul­sive beat of spon­tane­ity.

Cour­tesy the artist and Burnie Re­gional Art Gallery, Tas­ma­nia

Bill Yax­ley, Monk’s Dream (de­tail), 2009, paint­ing on can­vas

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