Dan Whiteson (24 years old) and Burt Munro (79 years old) welcome the opportunity to share their work with the general public in the beautiful surrounds of Lauderdale House. In Painting Life, these two artists, from opposite ends of life, present paintings and drawings exploring the passing of time and the human experience in markedly different ways.
An unlikely friendship formed between the two artists over mutual interests; in particular an appreciation of the environmental influence of art, and over time the two began to inspire one another to develop their artistic careers. Munro uses his own memories from a lifetime’s work in the construction industry, both here and overseas, to create geometric, graphic landscapes laced with nostalgia and the warmth of personal experience. Whiteson presents a series of portraits of older people. Influenced strongly by Alice Neel's interest in representing those on the edges of society, he finds beauty, wisdom and inspiration in his sitters, and through listening to and recording their experiences and lives he attempts to give those that are seldom heard a voice.
“Over the past two years that I've known Munro, I've had the privilege of watching first-hand how painting has changed his life. Being witness to the inspiration and joy it can bring even to someone who has experienced as much as he has, has served only to confirm to me the importance of creativity for everyone. It's been a joy to share this with Burt.” Dan Whiteson
This is an exhibition celebrating not only the work of the two artists, but also human nature itself: friendship, experience, and the power of art to both unite and inspire.
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