Gold Coast City Art Gallery is delighted to host Norman Lindsay and his nudes. Norman Lindsay is one of Australia's most distinguished artists illustrators and authors. He is well known for his flamboyant and sometimes erotic subject matter. This exhibition brings together never before seen photographs he took as both reference and study material for his paintings, drawings and etchings. Printed from glass negatives, this selection of black and white photographs provides and insight into Lindsay's processes and concerns.
Over several decades Norman Lindsay's art was dominated by stylised and voluptuous renderings of the female nude. Untrained, his draughtsmanship and technical abilities as an artist were the result of much practice.
Displayed alongside a number of paintings and etchings these photographs are studies of effect of light on the skin's surface, the adornment and physical positioning of the female body.
In her catalogue essay, Jane Clark writes the women he creates are powerful and dominant. In his imagination a wicker studio chair becomes a centaur's back; studio walls become Mount Olympus; feathers in the hair a goddess's crown; and young working women metamorphose into goddesses, sphinxes, amazons, mermaids or harpies.
Norman Lindsay and his nudes will be officially opened on Friday 16 February at 6.30pm by Pearl Goldman, former actress and one of Norman Lindsay's favoured models.