Country Style 2024 – Our Country -Fiona Smith

The fifth edition of our annual exhibition in collaboration with Country Style magazine launches next month, presenting new work by six leading artists across three Michael Reid spaces in a roving celebration of Australia’s diverse and dazzling landscapes.

Titled Our Country, this expansive group show takes viewers beyond the city limits into varied and vividly conjured terrain as artists reflect on their personal ties to the land and the shared experiences it shelters.

At Michael Reid Murrurundi, Our Country will occupy the entire gallery space, comprising a collection of Fiona Smith’s exuberant portraits of native birdlife set against graphic, whimsical patterns. These will play out alongside sumptuous, large-scale paintings by Baden Croft, whose rhythmic gestures evoke the tangle of floral and arboreal forms found along the Mornington Peninsula.

At Michael Reid Southern Highlands, Jo White and Vicki Yatjiki Cullinan will each present new works across the gallery’s top-level and mezzanine spaces, with White delivering brilliant birds-eye impressions of typically Australian suburban and semi-rural streetscapes, and Cullinan exhibiting her sublime, sweeping visions of Indulkana Country.

For the first time, Michael Reid Northern Beaches is among the settings for our Country Style exhibition. Celebrated for her epic, sunburnt topographies, WA artist Carly Le Cerf will be joined by Elizabeth Beaumont, whose earthy, abstract markings effect expressive, emotionally charged portrayals of her NSW Southern Tablelands home.

We look forward to welcoming visitors to our 2024 Country Style show. To register interest and request a preview, please contact danielsoma@michaelreid.com.au

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