Dark horse: Wild beasts and curious creatures
Animals – we love them, fear them, live with them, work with them and eat them. Real and imagined, animals have been represented by artists in a variety of ways, as symbols and metaphors, as friendly or threatening beings, or as sparks for the imagination.
This exhibition draws from the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s extensive collection to reveal some of the complicated ways animals have been depicted throughout history – from the prey of hunters to mythological creatures, from symbols of danger to emblems of love, from reminders of environmental threats to political caricatures.
The exhibition presents historic and contemporary prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture by artists including: Eric Thake, William Strutt, Patricia Piccinini, Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Rick Amor, Bruce Armstrong, Lorrain Jenyns, Pam Hallandal, James Gilray, Norman Lindsay, Guelda Pyke and Reginald Ward Sturgess.