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