Raafat Ishak: Recipes for aversion and strategy.

Work in Progress #6

A Work in Progress exhibition at the Potter by Melbourne-based Egyptian-born artist Raafat Ishak will reference his work over the last 20 years, with his current approaches reflected in several re-workings of some important earlier projects.

Art Exhibition previously on at Ian Potter Museum of Art in Australia.
From Saturday 22 May 2010 to Sunday 25 July 2010

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Published by Ian Potter Museum of Art on Sunday 02 May 2010.
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Continuing the Potter’s successful Work in Progress exhibition series surveying the work of mid-career artists,
this exhibition will present Ishak’s paintings from the early 1990s through to current installation projects.

The exhibition features 80 paintings as well as site-specific installations, sculptures and wall drawings.

Exhibition Curator, Bala Starr, says the show will provide an unusual opportunity to consider the last 20 years in
Australian art from the perspective of an artist who was involved in many of the activities characteristic of the

“Raafat’s individual approach to art-making saw him involved in a wide spectrum of activities including artist-run
initiatives, collaborations, site-specific projects, small-scale painting, art that comes off the canvas onto walls
and floors.

“His work employs a unique grammar of symbols, text, images and icons, architectural elements, popular sports
and civic icons, geometric drawings, stadiums, classical artefacts, and emblems of nationhood: crests, stars and
flags”, Ms Starr said.

The Potter installation over both ground floor galleries will reflect the breadth and depth of his appreciation of
space, form, colour and materials.

He is the 6th subject in the Potter’s Work in Progress series of open-ended surveys of the work of mid-career
artists, which have included Rose Nolan (2002), Stephen Bush (2003) and Pat Brassington (2002).

Raafat Ishak was born in Cairo in 1967 and migrated to Melbourne in 1982. He completed a fine arts degree at
the Victorian College of the Arts in 1990 and has since undertaken post-graduate studies in architecture at the
University of Melbourne.

His first solo exhibition was held at 200 Gertrude Street in 1995. Career highlights include his representation in
major surveys of contemporary art such as Cubism & Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
(2009-2010); APT6, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2009-2010); NEW010, ACCA, Melbourne, (2010);The
world in painting, Asialink and Heide Museum of Modern Art touring exhibition (2007–08); 21st century modern,
2006 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia (2006); TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra
Museum of Art (2006); 2004–Australian art now, the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (2004); Fieldwork, the Ian
Potter Centre: NGV Australia (2003); It’s a beautiful day: New painting in Australia: 2, the Ian Potter Museum of
Art, the University of Melbourne, and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2002); and Blink, Australian
Centre for Contemporary Art (2000).