Elioth Gruner: the texture of light


A Canberra Museum and Gallery and Newcastle Art Gallery partnership exhibition

Sat 8 March - Sun 22 June
Canberra Museum and Gallery, cnr London Circuit & Civic Square, Canberra City

Elioth Gruner (1882-1939) is an artist whose work is long overdue for reassessment. He was an outstanding painter of the Australian landscape, celebrated in his lifetime, and was awarded the Wynne Prize for landscape painting seven times. Gruner's work is held in all state and major regional galleries, yet the last significant survey of his art was thirty years ago (at the Art Gallery of New South Wales).

Elioth Gruner: the texture of light includes seventy paintings, from the artist's impressionist beachscapes and farmland views of the 1910s to the subtle and distinctive modernist landscapes of his maturity from the 1920s and 1930s, with a particular focus on Gruner's remarkable visual explorations of the Canberra region: the Southern Highlands , the South Coast, Yass and the Murrumbidgee River valley, and the Cooma-Monaro plateau. Few artists have represented this corner of south-eastern Australia with such extraordinary clarity as Gruner, who captured the quality of light, the rolling hills and the quiet austere beauty of our region.


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Community Programs

Past Programs

CMAG ON SUNDAY: Near and far – Gruner’s landscapes
Sun 6 April: 12.30–1.30pm and 1.30–2.30pm (4 to 8 years) and 2.30–3.30pm (8 to 12 years)
Join us for an afternoon of structured workshops, led by local artist Jacqueline Bradley. Children will explore the exhibition, Elioth Gruner: the texture of light, then create art inspired by these amazing landscapes of the Canberra region and beyond in the CMAG Studio.

$5 per child (ACT M&G Members and eligible concession card holders free); bookings open Sun 9 March, 12pm.

FLOOR TALK: Gruner Highlights
Tue 8 April, Tue 29 April, Friday 20 June: 1.00-1.30pm
Join Leanne Santoro, Assistant Curator Visual Arts for an overview of Elioth Gruner: the texture of light. From the beach to the bush Elioth Gruner’s unique vision of the Australian landscape is explored in this major survey of his work. Gruner’s mastery with the paintbrush and his skill at capturing the effects of light will be a focus of the talk.

SYMPOSIUM: The art of landscape
Fri 2 May: 9.30am–5.30pm
A symposium, The art of landscape, organised in conjunction with the Australian National University. Convened by Professor Anthea Callen, Art Historian and Professor of Art, ANU College of Arts and Sciences; with keynote speaker Michael Rosenthal, Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick, United Kingdom an internationally distinguished scholar of landscape art; other speakers will include Dr Mary Eagle, former Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia and a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century Australian art; Denise Mimmocchi, Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and co-curator of Sydney Moderns (2013); and distinguished visual artist Imants Tillers.
Free, 9.30am–3.30pm at Sir Roland Wilson Building, 1.02 Conference Room, McCoy Circuit, Australian National University then 4–5.30pm exhibition floor talk and refreshment at CMAG.
Click here to register The Symposium is now booked out.

Wed 7 May: 1-2pm, Thu 12 June: 1-2pm
Join Deborah Clark, CMAG's Senior Curator Visual Arts, to delve deeper into the exhibition, Elioth Gruner: the texture of light and learn more about Gruner, his work and his rendering of the Canberra and region landscape.

THE TEXTURES OF LIGHT: The Pastoral Visions of Australian Cinema
Sat 31 May: 2-4pm, Sat 7 June: 2-4pm, Sat 14 June, Fri 20 June: 2-4pm
To accompany the exhibition, Elioth Gruner: the texture of light, the National Film and Sound Archive's Arc cinema will focus on Australian cinema's own 'vision splendid'; local and regional feature, short and documentary films where (as in Gruner's paintings) sunlight, landscape and European agricultural settlement have played a key aesthetic and narrative role. Presented in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
$6, all tickets. Screening at Arc cinema, McCoy Cct, Acton.

Full program details: http://www.nfsa.gov.au/calendar/?type=textures-light

TOUR: Gruner’s landscapes
Sat 21 June: 10am–3pm

Join Deborah Clark, CMAG’s Senior Curator Visual Arts and Gruner Society member, Geoff Pryor, for a bus tour of the landscape around Canberra and the sites that inspired the artist’s work.

$60 (ACT M&G Members $55), includes morning tea and lunch. Bus departs CMAG at 10.30am.

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Media coverage

'Elioth Gruner's Vision' - ABC News, 7:30 ACT Fri 28 Mar

'Elioth Gruner: The master of light' - Sally Prior,Canberra Times

'Impressions of a lyrical artist' - Sasha Grishin, Canberra Times

'Gruner landscapes shed light on Canberra' - Peter Haynes, The Age

'Treasure Trove: Elioth Gruner's Landscape' - Louise Maher, 666 ABC

'Elioth Gruner: a man on the land' - Kitty Hauser, The Australian

'Painter Elioth Gruner’s heartland hues at the Canberra Museum' - Christopher Allen, The Australian

'The mystifying art of unknown Elioth Gruner' - Helen Musa, City News

'Elioth Gruner: Master of Australian light' abstract - Douglas Hassall, Quadrant Volume 58 Issue 5 (May 2014)

'CMAG Shines the Spotlight on Elioth Gruner' - Christie Flora, Her Canberra

'The Canberra museum for little artists: Elioth Gruner the texture of light exhibition' - Sarena Cross, Her Canberra

'ACTease June 2014' - Courtney Symes, trouble magazine

Exhibition review - Kate Blackhurst, independent blogger

'Elioth Gruner – The Texture of Light @ Canberra Museum and Gallery' - stephenrrandall, independent blogger

Opening night images - Katherine Griffiths, Canberra Times

'Elioth Gruner: The Texture of Light' - Art Almanac


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