“Another World” is Minna Leunig‘s solo show, following her Q Bank Gallery residency in Queenstown, Tasmania. Having spent a month soaking up the influence of Tasmania’s wild west coast, this new collection of paintings is a continued celebration of Australian country and its creatures (both native and introduced), and is largely inspired by the artist’s own experiences and memories of the natural world – from childhood to adulthood, all the way from the dry sclerophyll forests of the Strathbogie ranges to the tangled mangroves and thick rainforests of Cape York… and now the wet misty moonscape of Queenstown (Tasmania) and its surrounding wilderness.
Minna Leunig is a Melbourne-based artist working primarily in black and white pigments to create playful, primal and earthy images inspired by the natural world. Her work is characterised by a wandering hand and an intuitive lyrical approach to aesthetics.
Having grown up in rural North-East Victoria, Minna spent countless hours throughout her childhood and teenage years with her dogs, wandering the bush on foot and on horseback. Here she developed a profound love and respect for the Australian landscape and all its life forms. The presence of animals both wild and domesticated, as well as the many botanical varieties found in her early environment, have been a strong influence, and her work often pays homage to these plants and animals. It seeks to illustrate them as unique species and individuals – full of character, personality and spirit, in a world that so often commodifies, devalues or destroys them. Her recurring motifs affirm the strength and integrity of the natural world and include the vital wild elements of joy, humour and beauty, inspired by the life force of the bush and a deep abiding connection to country and its creatures.
We invite you to the opening of “Another World” at Juddy Roller Gallery in Fitzroy on Friday 14th Sep, from 6pm (also open from 12pm to 5pm on the weekend). Liquid provisions provided by the delicious Bodriggy Brewing Co. Email email@example.com for enquiries.