Anna Schwartz Gallery Melbourne presents an exhibition of new paintings by Stieg Persson

Melbourne, Australia: Anna Schwartz Gallery Melbourne will present an exhibition of new creamy, figurative, ironic paintings by Stieg Persson that critique the contemporary preoccupation with food and its role in urban culture.

Art Exhibition previously on at Anna Schwartz Gallery Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 03 July 2014 to Saturday 02 August 2014

Anna Schwartz Gallery Melbourne presents an exhibition of new paintings by Stieg Persson image

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In the context of the increasing importance of gustation and the social requirement for luxury, Persson’s paintings question the role of ‘foodism’ and the way in which society places greater significance on the connoisseurship of eating than engagement with more traditionally thought forms of culture: music, theatre and art.

Combining styles of abstraction, realism and romanticism to create refined and complex paintings, Persson’s new work reveals signature dishes from celebrity chefs, a monkey eating quinoa and macaroons that are fused with gold renderings of graffiti, copied from the walls of Melbourne’s wealthy south-eastern suburbs.

Currently living and working in Melbourne, Stieg Persson has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally since the mid 1980s. Persson’s recent projects include a commission for the NGV’s Melbourne Now, 2013-14; Theatre of the World, La Maison Rouge, Paris, 2013; Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, NGV, 2013; Drawing Out, Global Centre for Drawing, University of the Arts, London, 2012; and Theatre of the World, MONA, 2012. His solo exhibitions include Crypsis, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, 2010, and Backmasking: The Art of Stieg Persson, Glen Eira City Gallery, 2001, and Bendigo Art Gallery, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery and Hamilton Art Gallery, 2002. He won the inaugural Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, in 2003.

Persson is available for interview and photo opportunities during the weeks leading up to and during the exhibition period.