Ivan Goodacre: “Crop Roads”

Ivan Goodacre grew up on a large rural property near Walli, which farmied mainly wheat and wool. It is his early childhood experiences which have long stayed with him, compelling his constant return to ‘the landscape’. For Ivan, “there is nothing that seems more full of hope and potential than a ripe wheat crop that’s about to be harvested.”

Art Exhibition previously on at Catherine Asquith Gallery (Archived) in Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 01 May 2012 to Saturday 19 May 2012
Launch Saturday 05 May 2012, 2 to 4pm

Mitre Rock & Lake image Crop Lands image Harvester image Haystacks image Watertank image Windbreak image Crop Roads image Grain Bin image Hay Bails image Silos & Crop Rows image Sewn Lentils image Lachlan Valley Harvest image Crop Lines image

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Graduating from East Sydney Technical College in 1976, Ivan furthered his studies at the Canberra School of Art, and the National Art School in Sydney, graduating thereafter with a bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. In addition to his tertiary studies, Ivan has also travelled extensively across Australia, gathering considerable source material for his work. His education has also included study tours within Europe.

Commencing his professional art practice in mid 2000, Ivan has participated in numerous group exhibitions, particularly at the National Art School, in addition to a number of solo exhibitions.

He has been a finalist in many significant landscape-based art prizes, including the “Calleen Art Award” (2010, 2011), the “Goulburn Art Award” (2011) and the “Mosman Art Prize” (2011).

“Crop Roads” is Ivan’s inaugural solo exhibition with our gallery.

Artist Statement

I have always been interested in the landscape. I was born in the Central West of NSW and I spent my early years on a farm, where my parents and grandparents owned a wheat growing property near Woodstock. I was often drawing and observing the land from an early age, especially, the crop farming areas. The legacy of the early settler artists, such Augustus Earle and Eugene von Guerard, has often been a reference point for my work.

In recent years I have become more interested in the effects of climate on the land and how this affects the communities of rural towns.

The dominant theme of my current work is small settlements: their purpose and history, architecture, layout and surrounding land features of towns, villages and significant properties in rural areas.