Insight and Sprawl

John Ancher is a Hobart-based painter, teacher, and architect, he has exhibited continuously since 1974, and in 1977 and 1979 won the Dungog Art Prize in the watercolour category. From 2003 Ancher has curated the annual Hutchins Art Prize, acquisitive works on paper award of national significance.

Art Exhibition previously on at Quadrant Gallery in Other Metro Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 06 February 2014 to Saturday 01 March 2014
Launch Saturday 01 March 2014, Closing Party 12pm – 2pm with guided tour at 1pm.

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“The paintings in INSIGHT AND SPRAWL seek to proclaim a personal imagery. Colour is used to engage emotional attachment. Symbolism and focused abstraction contribute a syntax to the visual language. Answers are not offered, only hints of possibility,” says Ancher of his works in the exhibition

The exhibition is thematically split into two sections.
John Ancher explains: “INSIGHT presents mindscapes. The Greek Cross is always a starting point. By eroding the geometric certainty attached to this emblem of civilised thought and attainment, the paintings explore abstract ideas such as subterfuge, anguish, and discovery.
SPRAWL presents landscapes. The cellular nature of our living environment is reflected upon in paintings that suggest the entrapment of those who dwell there. The regimented landscape imposed on the natural world conceals private ambition behind the mask of decency.”

John Ancher’s works are represented in private and corporate collection in Australia and Europe.

Tues – Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am -2pm


Quadrant Gallery
72 Barkers Road
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm