ANNA PLATTEN: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL
3 August - 18 November 2012
In celebration of the South Australian Living Artists Festival the Gallery is recognising the work of one of Australia’s greatest figure painters, Anna Platten.
Anna Platten has been actively painting and teaching in Adelaide for more than thirty years and this is the first comprehensive survey of her highly coveted work.
The display includes her paintings and drawings which are distinguished for depicting intricately constructed imaginary worlds. Spanning from the early 1980s to the present day the installation presents a complex dream-like matrix formed by Platten’s unfolding autobiographical epic.
The display includes numerous loans from private collections and among the highlights is the Gallery’s own much-loved painting, Woman and man embrace, 1992. It is also the first showing of the Gallery’s newly acquired Ourselves as Zoe. A dream, a web, a puzzle, 2011 which explores themes of mortality and unrequited love.
This special event reveals Platten as a virtuosic painter of universal themes such as the passing of youth and beauty, motherhood and the ever changing dynamic of human relationships. Platten’s extraordinary realist approach to her work lures her viewers into strangely familiar worlds which point to the often unknown and fragile nature of our own lives.