Romantic etchings

McBurnie, Ronald (2006) Romantic etchings. [Creative Work]

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Ron McBurnie’s, “Romantic etchings: in the tradition of Samuel Palmer and the Ancients” continues to follow the artists interest in the theme of British Pastoral romanticism. The exhibition pays homage to the group of printmakers that aligned themselves round William Blake and Samuel Palmer and the great tradition of pastoral printmakers (such at Paul Drury, Robin Tanner and Graeme Sutherland) who followed in the early part of the 20th Century. The etchings in the exhibition pay homage to the British pastoral romantic tradition but acknowledge the different and distinct nature of the Australian landscape.

Research Statement

Research Background The works in this exhibition are part of an ongoing interest the artist has in the romantic period of British printmaking centred on William Blake and the “Ancients.” The work continues to acknowledge the debt the artist owes to the pastoral romantic tradition of European printmaking and painting but reveals how the influence of the North Queensland environment combined with a knowledge of history can result in a new vision of the north. Selected works from this series are represented in the National Gallery of Australia, most State Galleries and many regional Galleries in Australia.
Research Contribution The etchings in the exhibition consolidate the artist’s continued interest in collecting and studying British prints and in documenting the North Queensland landscape through cultural and art historical influences. Like his colleagues James Brown, Anneke Silver and Robert Preston (also from Townsville), McBurnie views the North Queensland landscape through the cultural and historical baggage he has gained through research and experience. The artists purposeful, anachronistic etchings raise questions regarding the current direction of “new media” and “cutting edge art” in regard to popular culture and fashion.
Research Significance Although the work relating to Samuel Palmer began in the mid 1980’s it has gradually become more ambitious. Over time the work produced has become more complex and grown in size and degree of difficulty. This exhibition held in Canberra in 2006 become a precursors to a large survey exhibition held at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville in 2009.
Item ID: 10116
Item Type: Creative Work
Media of Output: Etching
Event Details: Romantic etchings
grahame galleries, Milton, QLD
16th September to 14th October 2006
Keywords: printmaking, etching, Intaglio, Samuel Palmer, romantic, ancients, McBurnie
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