Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

25 July 2019

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts

Tasmanians celebrated in new exhibition

A new exhibition celebrating contemporary Tasmanian portraits opens at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) tonight.

The works by prominent Tasmanian artist Geoff Dyer depict a range of Tasmanians, including Alec Campbell (Gallipoli survivor), Richard Flanagan (author), David Walsh (founder of Mona), John Clark (former Director of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts) and Jim Everett (writer and poet).

This exhibition, Geoff Dyer: Portraits, represents the first time the portraits have been publicly displayed in Tasmania, and the only time they have been exhibited as a group.

Primarily known for his landscape painting, in 2003 Mr Dyer won the Archibald Prize for his portrait of Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan.

This exhibition will shine a new light on this lesser-known aspect of his art, while also providing a unique insight into the portrait process and the life of each person pictured.

Geoff Dyer: Portraits is on show at TMAG until Sunday, 6 October 2019.

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