____________28.09.19 Guy Maestri at S.H. Ervin Gallery
Works by Guy Maestri and Ben Quilty feature in the group exhibition River on the Brink: inside the Murray-Darling Basin at S.H. Ervin Gallery.
Presented in collaboration with Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, this exhibition explores the urgent crisis currently unfolding with the devastation of the Murray-Darling Basin. Curated by Gavin Wilson, River on the Brink: inside the Murray-Darling Basin brings together the work of artists responding to this serious environmental issue.
River on the Brink: inside the Murray-Darling Basin
20 September – 3 November
S.H. Ervin Gallery
Writer John McDonald recently wrote about the exhibition in the Sydney Morning Herald. To read the article, please click here.
Image: Guy Maestri The Broken River 2019 oil on linen 140.0 x 112.0 cm
____________04.09.19 Guy Maestri at Sydney Contemporary
Join us at Sydney Contemporary as we present new work by Guy Maestri and Monica Rohan, in conjunction with Sophie Gannon Gallery.
Sydney Contemporary, Stand #E17
Carriageworks, 12 – 15 September
Image credit: Guy Maestri Wilcannia 2019 oil on linen 183.0 x 224.0 cm
____________27.04.19 Guy Maestri at Horsham Regional Gallery
Guy Maestri’s work, After Oat Harvest, 1926 is included in the upcoming group exhibition, Paintings from Hamilton, at Horsham Regional Art Gallery.
Established in 1961, the Hamilton Gallery Collection is well recognised for its holdings of Australian and International decorative arts, sculpture and painting.
The Paintings from Hamilton exhibition explores the painting medium through the eye of the artist – shaping the way we see the landscape and the world around us.
Paintings from Hamilton
25 May – 18 August
Horsham Regional Art Gallery
Image credit: Guy Maestri After Oat Harvest, 1926 2016 oil on linen 183.0 x 224.0 cm
____________20.06.18 Guy Maestri at Creative LAKE
Guy Maestri’s sculpture, Darwin, will feature as part of the Creative LAKE outdoor art exhibition, a new initiative by Lake Macquarie City Council.
To be held in conjunction with the second annual ‘Float Your Boat’ night parade, Creative LAKE will feature seven unique artworks on display along the foreshore of Lake Macquarie.
Image credit: Guy Maestri Darwin 2017 painted bronze 67.0 x 40.0 x 27.0 cm Edition of 3 + 1 A/P
____________03.05.18 Guy Maestri in Archibald Prize 2018
Congratulations to Guy Maestri who is a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2018 for his work, The fourth week of parenthood (self-portrait) 2018.
Image credit: Guy Maestri The fourth week of parenthood (self-portrait) 2018 oil on linen 78.5 x 63.5 cm
____________30.03.18 ‘A painter’s house’ – The Margaret Olley Art Centre
An exhibition celebrating the home studio of Margaret Olley features work by Guy Maestri and Monica Rohan.
A painter’s house at the Tweed Regional Gallery’s Margaret Olley Art Centre showcases work by Olley alongside responses to her re-created studio by contemporary painters including Maestri, Rohan, John Honeywill and Lewis Miller.
Image credit: Guy Maestri Two jugs with plastic cornflowers 2018 oil on linen 61.0 x 77.0 cm
____________01.03.18 Guy Maestri in Art Guide Australia
Guy Maestri’s upcoming solo exhibition, On Painting, has been featured in Art Guide Australia’s March/April issue in an article by Tracey Clement.
The exhibition will commence from 27 March 2018.
Image credit: Guy Maestri Pointillist self-portrait 2018 oil on linen 61.0 x 51.0 cm
____________13.10.17 Guy Maestri at Tweed Regional Gallery
Go Figure: Works from the collection presents a selection of works from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection that showcase dynamic representations of the human figure and features work by Monica Rohan, Natasha Bieniek, Guy Maestri, Ben Quilty and others.
Image credit: Guy Maestri The chasm 2017 oil on linen, bronze, concrete, wood painting (211.0 x 170.0 cm), sculpture and plinth (156.0 x 23.0 x 18.0 cm) Tweed Regional Gallery Collection
____________03.08.17 Guy Maestri in 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
Guy Maestri is a finalist in the 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize for his entry, Facsimile 2017. The prize recognises innovation and diversity in an original, freestanding sculpture measuring up to 80 cm in any dimension.
The 2017 finalists have been selected by guest judges: Djon Mundine OAM, curator, writer, artist, activist; Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney and Roslyn Oxley OAM.
The winner of the $20,000 acquisitive prize will be announced on the exhibition opening night to be held 13 October.
Image credit: Guy Maestri Facsimile 2017 painted bronze, concrete 50.0 x 22.0 x 20.0 cm
____________20.07.17 Guy Maestri in Wynne Prize 2017
Congratulations to Guy Maestri who is a finalist in the Wynne Prize 2017 for his work, Self-portrait (for posterity) 2017.
Image credit: Guy Maestri Self-portrait (for posterity) 2017 painted bronze 64.0 x 40.0 x 25.0 cm
____________07.07.17 ‘Artist Profile’ Exhibition at Orange Regional Gallery
Orange Regional Gallery will present a group exhibition of over 140 artists featured in Australian arts publication, Artist Profile over its ten year history.
Curated by Editor Kon Gouriotis, and Deputy Editor, Lucy Stranger, the exhibition, Artist Profile: Australasian Painters 2007-2017 features living painters who have been featured in Artist Profile.
The exhibition includes work by Lucy Culliton, Fiona Lowry, Guy Maestri, Robert Malherbe, Ben Quilty, Victoria Reichelt and Leslie Rice.
Artist Profile: Australasian Painters 2007-2017
Orange Regional Gallery
8 July – 10 September
____________16.06.17 Guy Maestri in 2017 Hadley’s Art Prize
Guy Maestri is a finalist in the inaugural Hadley’s Art Prize in Hobart, Tasmania. The 2017 theme for the acquisitive landscape prize is ‘History and Place’ for the best portrayal of the Australian landscape which acknowledges the past.
Maestri was selected for his work, Governor’s ravages 2017 which references the 1978 Australian Film, and Thomas Keneally’s Booker Prize-nominated novel The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith. The text ‘A whole host of improvements’ is a quote from the story and the image itself is painted from a screenshot from the movie.
The winner of the $100,000 acquisitive prize will be announced at the opening of the exhibition of finalists’ artwork.
Image credit: Guy Maestri Governor’s ravages 2017 oil on linen 150.0 x 120.0 cm
____________18.02.17 Guy Maestri at Tweed Regional Art Gallery
Guy Maestri will have a solo exhibition at the Tweed Regional Gallery commencing in March 2017.
The works in this exhibition are the direct result of Guy’s time spent at a unique residency run by the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, where Guy was given access to the re-created home and studio of Australian artist, Margaret Olley.
Artist Talk: Guy Maestri on objects and inspiration (in conversation with
Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM)
Sunday 18 June, 11:00am
Free. No booking required.
Image credit: Guy Maestri in the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio. Courtesy of Tweed Regional Gallery.
____________07.02.17 Guy Maestri at Art Gallery of South Australia
Guy Maestri will feature as one of 60 modern and contemporary artists to be exhibited as part of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s major exhibition Versus Rodin: Bodies across space and time.
Through a series of duets and duels, works by Auguste Rodin will be brought into vivid conversation with over 200 works of art by leading artists from Australia and overseas. Curated by Leigh Robb, the exhibition coincides with the centenary of Rodin’s death and will draw on the Gallery’s extensive collection of Rodin bronzes.
____________16.12.16 Guy Maestri in ‘Apologies to Roadkill’ Exhibition
Guy Maestri has been included in exhibition, Apologies to Roadkill: life and death in contemporary Australian art at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre in Katherine, Northern Territory.
Exploring vulnerability, mortality and the cyclical nature of life the exhibition will feature works by eleven artists from around Australia including Maestri, Shaun Gladwell, Joan Ross and Linde Ivimey.
Image credit: Guy Maestri Wreck 2015 oil on linen 81.0 x 71.0 cm
____________02.12.16 Guy Maestri at Glasshouse Port Macquarie
An exhibition of works by Guy Maestri will be on display at Glasshouse Port Macquarie from early December.
The exhibition will consist of plein air landscape paintings as well as sculptural works exploring self-portraiture.
Saturday 10 December from 11am.
Bookings can be made online here.
Image credit: Guy Maestri Feed 2016 oil on linen 167.0 x 204.0 cm
____________05.07.16 Guy Maestri in The Gold Award 2016
Guy Maestri is a finalist for The Gold Award 2016 at Rockhampton Art Gallery.
Established in 2012, The Gold Award honours the memory of Moya Gold, philanthropist and educator, who inspired and provided for this prize directly through a substantial bequest for the acquisition of Australian paintings.
The Gold Award is a national biennial event, presented at the Rockhampton Art Gallery, as a joint initiative of Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust and Rockhampton Regional Council. Designed as an invitation award to consider the best in contemporary painting while simultaneously building a substantive collection, the most outstanding work or works by an artist will be awarded the $50,000 cash prize.
The winning entry will be determined by guest judge, Chris Saines CNZM, Director, QAGOMA.
The Gold Award exhibition will run from 23 July – 4 September 2016.
Image credit: Works by Guy Meastri to feature in The Gold Award 2016
Image credit: Guy Maestri Thrown 2016 oil on linen 112.0 x 97.0 cm
____________07.07.16 Guy Maestri in Archibald Prize 2016
Congratulations to Guy Maestri who is a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2016 for his portrait of Philippines-based Australian artist David Griggs.
Image credit: Guy Maestri Shattered (Griggs) 2016 oil on linen 71.0 x 81.0 cm
____________07.07.16 Guy Maestri in Wynne Prize 2016
Congratulations to Guy Maestri who is a finalist in the Wynne Prize 2016 for his work Grange Burn Bridge No. 2 2016.
Image credit: Guy Maestri Grange Burn Bridge No. 2 2016 oil on linen 168.0 x 205.0 cm
____________17.06.16 Guy Maestri in Country Style
Guy Maestri is featured in the July issue of Country Style magazine in a six page spread about his residency in Hamilton, Victoria.
In the article by Virginia Imhoff, Guy discusses his new found appreciation of the region, as well exploring the history of farming and artists painting in the area.
Guy Maestri will present a new exhibition at Jan Murphy Gallery in September 2016.
Image courtesy of Hamilton Gallery
____________10.06.16 Guy Maestri in Art of Music 2016
Guy Maestri has made a new work to be auctioned for the 2016 Art of Music charity auction at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Presented by musician Jenny Morris, Art of Music combines the worlds of art and music and sees artists create unique original artworks inspired by iconic Australasian songs. All works are auctioned at a gala dinner with proceeds going to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, a charity that uses music in interactive therapy sessions to assist people with physical and psychological disabilities.
Guy Maestri has chosen to create a work inspired by Courtney Barnett’s song, Dead Fox.
Other featured artists include Lucy Culliton, Alex Seton, Michael Muir, Joan Ross, Nicholas Harding and Christian Thompson, who have each created their own musically inspired work. Ben Quilty has painted a portrait of Morris, and Stan Yarramunua has created a hand crafted didgeridoo.
Art of Music 2016
Grand Court of the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Saturday 18 June
Artwork viewing 6:30pm, Dinner & Auction 7:00pm
Image credit: Guy Maestri Dead Fox 2016 oil on linen 102.0 x 122.0 cm
____________30.04.16 Road Trip in Brisbane News
Group exhibition, Road Trip has been featured in an article by Phil Brown in the Brisbane News. Featuring work by Juz Kitson, Fiona Lowry, William Mackinnon and Guy Maestri, the exhibition explores the concept of a road trip in the Australian landscape, with each of the artists portraying their varied experiences and interpretations.
Road Trip is current until 14 May 2016
Image credit: Guy Maestri Willaura 2016 oil on linen 71.0 x 81.0 cm
____________16.04.16 Guy Maestri in Trouble Magazine
Guy Maestri was recently interviewed by Steve Proposch in an article for Trouble Magazine. Maestri discusses his transition from working in the studio to the landscape and how both these elements are now critical to his practice.
Image credit: Guy Meastri Bells West oil on linen 81.0 x 71.0 cm
____________23.02.16 Artist in Residence at Hamilton Gallery
Guy Maestri will undertake an artist residency project in Hamilton, Victoria from 23 February to 20 April 2016. With two months to spend immersing himself in the local landscape, Guy will have the opportunity to produce work both en plein air and in a studio located near the gallery.
The residency has been organised and facilitated by the Friends of the Hamilton Gallery, with art consultant Maudie Palmer AO managing the residency.
The Western District has a strong tradition of attracting notable artists, inspired by the the impressive and expansive landscape of the Grampians (Gariwerd). Colonial artists such as Louis Buvelot, Eugene Von Guerard, Nicolas Chevailer, and later Arthur Streeton, all made tours to the Western District to document iconic scenes and the pastoral landscape.
Maestri will be introduced to the Budj Bim cultural landscape at Lake Condah, famous as one of the world’s oldest aquaculture systems. Budj Bim’s ancient Aboriginal settlement structures have been recognised to pre-date Egyptian pyramids and the site has recently been put forward by traditional owners, with the support of the Victorian Government, to be considered as a recognised UNESCO World Heritage area.
An exhibition of the artworks produced from the residency will be on display at the Hamilton Gallery from 21 April to 15 May 2016.
Image courtesy of Hamilton Gallery
____________03.12.15 Day Three: Twelve Days of Christmas 2015
Guy Maestri Dingo (killer) 2015 bronze 29.0 x 22.0 x 18.0 cm edition 4/6 SOLD
In recent series, Guy Maestri has depicted the fauna found in the Australian landscape through the production of bold oil paintings. Having established himself as a highly skilled en plein air landscape painter, Guy moved to portraying the roadkill often found in those very environs to highlight the impact humanity has on nature.
Guy has further developed his practice to now produce bronze sculptures of these same subjects. Shaped by the artist’s hand, these impressively sculpted works show a real sensitivity to the animal and are imbued with a rawness and beauty.
This particular dingo, Dingo (killer) 2015, was shot by a sheep farmer in Wilcannia for eating lambs, and is a prime example of the struggle and complexities in our current and irrevocably altered landscape. This natural born predator has been displaced in its own country. There’s now a bounty on their heads.
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____________05.12.15 Guy Maestri in Bank of America Merrill Lynch Exhibition
Artworks by Guy Maestri will be on display in the Sydney offices of Bank of America Merrill Lynch from December 2015 – March 2016 as part of their ‘Art of Connecting’ program. The program helps put the artworks of some of Australia’s top contemporary artists in the view of the bank’s clients, stakeholders and employees.
Image credit: Guy Maestri Black Gold no. 4 2015 oil on linen 71.0 x 61.0 cm
____________15.12.15 Guy Maestri in Wynne Prize 2015
Guy Maestri is a finalist in the Wynne Prize 2015 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for his oil painting Black Gold no. 5.
The exhibition of finalists works will run from 18 July until 27 September.
____________15.05.15 Guy Maestri in Artist Profile
Guy Maestri and fellow Australian landscape painter, Luke Sciberras, are on the cover of the current issue of Artist Profile magazine.
Both artists are featured in a 12-page article exploring the nature of the artists’ friendship and its impact on their respective painting practices. The article is an insightful look into the similarities and differences of their personalities and approaches to painting the Australian landscape.
____________24.04.15 Guy Maestri in Commemorative ANZAC Exhibition
Guy Maestri is one of 16 Australian and New Zealand artists involved in an exhibition commemorating the ANZAC legend and the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.
Your Friend the Enemy, concurrently exhibited at S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney and the ANU Drill Hall in Canberra during April and May will later tour to Bathurst and Auckland.
For Guy Maestri the exhibition began with a tour of Gallipoli before returning to the studio to paint a series of memento mori still life paintings featuring native Australian flora and parrots, skulls and shrapnel found on the battlefields of Gallipoli.
One of Maestri’s paintings also features on the cover of a special edition Artist Profile publication documenting Your Friend the Enemy.
Image credit: Guy Maestri Medal for Lieutenant William Buchanan KERR, 16th Battlion. Killed in action at the Bloody Angle, central Anzac, on 2 May 1915, aged 22. No Known Grave 2014 oil on linen 61.0 x 51.0 cm
____________08.03.15 Guy Maestri Interview on ABC Radio National
Guy Maestri was interviewed by Melanie Tait from ABC Radio National in the lead up to his JMG exhibition, Black Gold.
Guy discusses his use of roadkill as subject matter, and compares his experiences of painting outdoors with painting inside his studio.
____________06.03.15 Guy Maestri in Brisbane News
JMG’s current exhibition, Black Gold, by NSW based artist Guy Maestri is featured in the local publication, Brisbane News, Issue 1019, 4 – 10 March 2015.
____________09.12.14 Day Nine: 12 Days of Christmas
Guy Maestri Turon River Wreckage 2014 oil on linen 112.0 x 97.0 cm $9,000
“When I started painting the Turon river, the region was held by a long drought. When the rain finally came, a flood ripped through with such force that it snapped in half great stands of casuarinas growing along its banks for kilometers, piling them up like matchsticks. The damage will take a generation to heal. Seconds though, in the life of a river.”
Guy Maestri, 2014
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Guy painting the local landscape for a group exhibition at Broken Hill Regional Gallery
Broken Hill Regional Gallery
____________23.08.14 The King's School Art Prize
Guy Maestri Landscape Painting No 4 2014 oil on linen 97.0 x 112.0 cm
Congratulations to Guy Maestri for winning the King School Art Prize. The $20,000 acquisitive art prize annually and was this year judged by Edmund Capon AM OBE, Former Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1978-2011)
____________10.07.14 Finalist, Wynne Prize 2014
Guy has been selected as a finalist in this years Archibald Prize for his pictured work, East west cutting in which he painted on plein air depicting the railway across the Great Dividing Range.
Exactly 200 years ago, on 18 July 1814, building began on the road through the Blue Mountains. Originally thought to be impassable, it was a monumental task, but it opened up the western plains and huge tracts of pastoral land beyond. The railway across the Great Dividing Range was completed in 1869, and was considered one of the engineering marvels of the world. It was crucial in transporting thousands of miners to the gold fields of Hill End, where I have made most of my work in recent years.
– Guy Maestri, 2014
____________10.04.14 Art Almanac cover image
Guy Maestri features as the cover artwork for this month’s edition of Art Almanac. Read the published article online here: http://www.art-almanac.com.au/2014/03/guy-maestri-outpost/
____________22.07.09 Winner of the 2009 Archibald Prize
Guy pictured with his winning portrait of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Guy Maestri has won the 2009 Archibald Prize, his winning portrait depicts Australian musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunapingu.
With his extraordinary voice and hauntingly beautiful album Gurrumul, Indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu has become something of a cultural phenomenon over the last year. Born blind, the gifted musician leads a traditional lifestyle on Elcho Island in Arnhem Land and sings in his native Yolngu language, but his fame is spreading the world. He recently won two coveted ARIA Awards among others and was named NT Australian of the Year for 2008.
Guy Maestri saw Gurrumul live on New Year’s Eve last year and says it was “truly, an unforgettable experience. Word had been going around all day and the rumours were true– people really were moved to tears.”
Believing that this “inspiring, amazing man” would be an ideal subject for a portrait, Maestri managed to track Gurrumul down in Darwin with the help of a friend in the music industry only to discover that he was flying to New York the following weekend.
Offered a 40-minute window of opportunity to meet him early one Saturday morning at Sydney airport, Maestri seized it. “I was introduced to Gurrumul by Michael Hohnen, his bass player, record producer and close friend, who explained to him about the Archibald and why I wanted to paint him.”
Maestri did lots of sketches and studied Gurrumul’s face intently. “More importantly, I got a sense of his presence and this determined the nature of the portrait: quiet and strong. I usually work in a very liberal, gestural way but this time I built up the image quietly and slowly with many glazes in an attempt to capture the beautiful quality of his skin. I worked on it for over a month, mostly while listening to his music. I made sure to read the lyrics and understand the meaning of each song. The whole process became quite an emotional experience.”