Metal as anything

McBurnie, Ronald (2009) Metal as anything. [Creative Work]

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[Extract] 'Metal As Anything' is a survey exhibition showcasing thirty years of diverse and intricate etchings of Townsville artist Ron McBurnie - a place where misbehaving dogs, ducks in box kites, jumping cats and eccentric cane toad shooters feature in the carnival of characters and landscapes that the artist has created. McBurnie's world is quirky and endearing, a result of the artist's ability to highlight the weird and wonderful events that occur in our 'mundane' suburban environment.

McBurnie is an artist working on many levels and beyond the humour, his etchings are able to critique our political landscape and frequently reference art history. This is most evident in his more recent Romantic works, in which his refined mark-making is directly inspired by the works of William Blake, Hendrik Goudt, author Kenneth Grahame and most significantly, the 19th Century English landscape painter Samuel Palmer.

Metal As Anything: Ron McBurnie is a travelling exhibition developed by Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland. This touring project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Research Statement

Research Background The research for the exhibition was undertaken between 1980 and 2009 and was specifically focused on etchings on metal. The project examined and displayed a selection of key etchings from the artists creative output.
Research Contribution The touring exhibition and catalogue focus on the development and the diversity of the artists work over a thirty year period of artistic practice. They show links in the works to the history and development of printmaking; particularly to the influence and development of British printmaking to artists working in North Queensland.
Research Significance The resulting national touring exhibition from the artists studio research provided the art-going public with a unique insight into the often private creative process of the artist. The show included a variety of etchings from different periods of the artists career. A large published catalogue including images of each etching and essays by Roger Butler, Professor Sasha Grishin and Robin Wallace Crabbe.
Item ID: 19150
Item Type: Creative Work
Media of Output: Sixty five page exhibition catalogue
Event Details: Metal As Anything: Ron McBurnie
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Tablelands Regional Gallery, Gympie Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Tamworth Regional Gallery, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra, Logan Art Gallery,
26 June - 16 August 2009, touring through to January 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9578987-7-6
Keywords: art exhibition; exhibition; printmaking; etching; Ron McBurnie
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This item does not have an abstract. The first three paragraphs are a summary of the touring survey exhibition written by the touring body, Museum and Gallery Services Queensland.

Funders: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Arts Queensland
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 06:04
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
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