Frank Hodgkinson

Sense of Place

Frank Hodgkinson (1919-2001) was one of Australia’s foremost abstract painters and illustrators.

Art Exhibition previously on at Burrinja Gallery in Other Metro Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 09 September 2017 to Sunday 05 November 2017

She sang him a crocodile image

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Frank Hodgkinson was uniquely drawn to the Australian landscape of the Far North in general and Aboriginal culture in particular. His oeuvre is testimony to a life-long fascination and curiosity with Aboriginal art and culture, fauna and flora of the ‘Top End’.

After serving in World War 2 Hodgkinson had lived for two decades in Europe, predominantly in Spain, where he had immersed himself in deep-rooted culture and traditions. These became his formative years as abstract painter. in 1970 he returned to Sydney, and inspired by a brief artist residency in Port Moresby, New Guinea, he began to visit Arnhem Land throughout in the 1980s, often for long periods of time.

In 1980 he established the Northern Territory Artists Camp with the then Director of Museum and Galleries of the Northern Territory, Dr. Colin Jack-Hinton, which ran for ten years and attracted a number of his contemporaries to work with him en plain air in the Australian bush.

Subsequently, he authored the beautifully illustrated ‘Kakadu and the Arnhemlanders’, one of three published diaries (‘Paris Sketchbook’ and ‘Sepik Diary’ being the others) in which he merged his hand written diary notes with detailed sketches and washes of his observations.

‘Sense of Place’ presents original sketches and illustrations of these diaries together with a careful selection of paintings from the Hodgkinson estate and private lenders which will explore Hodgkinson’s close affiliation with the cultures of Arnhem Land and New Guinea.

At the centre of the exhibition are works from his ‘Beginnings’ series, the painter’s investigation into the beginnings of humanity and the universe.

“Frank Hodgkinson is a prodigy. He is a man so various that he hardly gives you time to focus on any single one talent. He is a painter, a sculptor, an architect, a designer of habitats and ambiences. His creative energy is enormous. His curiosity is at once that of a child and a mature philosopher trying to make sense of the cosmos over which he has ranged with hunger and delight” – Morris West.


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