Exhibition opening speech/lecture - David Green: A Retrospective

Neill Overton (Artist)

    Research output: Non-textual outputs, including Creative WorksCreative Works - Live Performance


    My public lecture/speech at the exhibition opening provided significant research focus across the regional art gallery and museum sectors, in particular through gallery representation from the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in New South Wales. It was widely reported in newspaper, television and radio coverage at a national level. It significantly identified CSU in all related e-publication through the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery sites in a regional Australian context.

    My lecture addressed the context of David Green's art and design work from 1997 through to recent series of works in 2017. His exhibition at this point was resourced from two essential collections of holdings of David Green's works - one from the 1996-98 period of his paintings and drawings held by the Charles Sturt University (CSU) archive, and the recent body of illustrative large-scale drawings undertaken by the artist essentially between 2012 to 2017. however, it is his role as a divergent educator and leading figure in textile, art and design both in the UK and Australia since 1976 that was the focus of my lecture presentation.

    David Green is not only an Emeritus Professor, a previous Sub Dean of the Faculty of Arts of Charles Sturt University since 1993, and their inaugural Professor of Visual Arts at Charles Sturt University. He was also Head of Campus at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, and a long-term Chair of Academic Senate. All of which speaks to the diversity and scope of his career as an artist, and the combinations required of an artist/educator. And what is means to be an art maker, rather than academic only.

    The impact of David Green's art and design work has been to restore the versatility of "drawing to design" as a focus on insightful, detailed observational botanical and other studies towards larger drawn and painterly outcomes. It has impact in the current field of contemporary art in reflecting upon the types and scope of drawing and design, from his beginnings as an artist in Britain through the developmental study period of his work steeped in the Royal College of Art of the early 1960s, and their then emphasis on cross-disciplinary design thinking - through to the revitalisation of contemporary observational drawing underpinning his current arts practice, emanating from regional Australia throughout the 1980s to 2009, and from there to works produced in Queensland. His work has identified impact upon both British and Australian art tropes, in its determined landscapist surrealisms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationWagga Wagga, NSW
    PublisherWagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery
    SizePublic lecture
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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