John o'neil Australian panoramas
John O'Neil Australian Panoramas 9 - 30 May 2015
Bridget McDonnell Gallery Hampton 392 Hampton Street, Hampton, 3188 (03) 9598 8398
The panoramas break up into two groups. One is the straightforward idea of viewing the landscape in the round, with a series of connected images creating a wide angle view. The other works, like the Geelong Sea Baths series, are actually taken over a period of time, say an hour or two, then put together to create a panorama of action. Your mind tends to read it all as one.
My panoramas have all been about big statements. There is a connection back to historical pictorialism, with many layers leading up to a rich artistic statement. They have been exhibited and acquired by major public institutions, including the National Gallery of Victoria.
The idea of bush fires is a powerful one that has iconic status in itself. The intense obliteration of the landscape to a soft, silvery ash speaks of erroneous fire management by human society, so, for me, the works acquire a primeval quality.
- 2015 Dada lives! Hatch Contemporary Art Space, Ivanhoe
- 2011 Stormy Weather, Contemporary Landscape Photography, National Gallery of Victoria
- 1989 Moet and Chandon Prize, National Gallery of Victoria
- 1989 Thousand Mile Stare, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
- 1989 Austausch Melbourne/Berlin Photography Exchange Exhibition.
- 1988 Big Things, Christine Abrahams Gallery
- 1987 Regional Artist’s Review, Artery Gallery, Geelong
- 1986 The You Yangs, Geelong Art Gallery
- 1986 Australian Landscape Photographed, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, Ballarat Art Gallery.
- 1985 Victoria Vision – 1834 Onwards, National Gallery of Victoria
- 1985 Survey Surveyed, Geelong Art Gallery
- 1984 Survey Show, Geelong Art Gallery
- 1984 Ash Wednesday, Australian Centre for Photography
- 1983 Landscapes, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
- National Gallery of Victoria
- Geelong Art Gallery
- Deakin University Collection
- Melbourne City Council Collection
- Moet and Chandon Collection
(images approximate scale only).