Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Linda Jackson: Romance of the Swag

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13 August– 30 October 2022, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. ‘Romance of the Swag’ celebrates the creative life of iconic Australian artist Linda Jackson.

An itinerant traveller, Jackson’s work has always drawn inspiration from place from the black opals of Lightning Ridge, to the billabongs and boabs of the Kimberley Coast, to the tropical flora and fauna of Far North Queensland, and the waratahs of the Blue Mountains region. ‘Romance of the Swag’ explores four decades of the artist’s practice, charting her travels through painting, fabric, and fashion, all steeped in the symbolism, colours, and textures of the Australian landscape.
 
‘Linda Jackson is a true Australian icon’, says Sarah Gurich, Director, BRAG. ‘This exhibition spans four decades of her prolific career in a vibrant celebration of colour, fashion, art, and travel. Romance of the Swag encapsulates Linda Jackson’s exuberant spirit, and the seamless connection between place, inspiration, and creation. This is the first exhibition of the artist’s work in New South Wales to explore all facets of the artist’s work including textile design, fashion design, collage, drawing, and painting.’
 
‘Linda Jackson: Romance of the Swag’ is a BRAG exhibition, curated by Virginia Handmer.
 
Linda Jackson, Virginia Handmer, Exhibition Curator, and Sarah Gurich, BRAG director, are available to interview.
 
For image and media requests contact Julian Woods julian.woods@bathurst.nsw.gov.au, (02) 6333 6151
 
Editor’s note: Linda Jackson AO is a highly influential and iconic fashion designer, artist and author based in Central West NSW. Jackson is most well-known for her long-time collaboration with Jenny Kee AO under the label Flamingo Park Frock Salon. She has collaborated and worked with numerous artists including David McDiarmid and Peter Tully and fashion labels including Oroton and Romance Was Born.
Her recent solo and group exhibitions include: ‘Retreat Regeneration Reflections’, Mudgee Arts Precinct (2022); ‘Step Into Paradise’, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2019, with Jenny Kee); ‘Tropical Design’, Cairns Regional Gallery (2019); and ‘Bush Couture’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012);
He works are held in public and private collections around Australia including the National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
 
BRAG, 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst NSW | (02) 6333 6555 |  www.bathurstart.com.au
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