George Gittoes

About the Artist

George Gittoes (b. 1949) is a major Australian artist, photographer and filmmaker, and founding member of the Yellow House Artist Collective, Sydney, in 1970. For nearly four decades he has been witness to some of the world’s most notorious conflicts, including Rwanda, Iraq, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Gittoes is described simultaneously as a figurative painter, a modernist, a post-modernist, a social realist, a pop artist and an expressionist. Through drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, film making, poetry and spoken word he reflects and tells the stories of what he has seen and experienced. Acclaimed as one of Australia’s most important artists, he was awarded the 2015 Sydney Peace Prize in recognition of his life's work contributing to the peacemaking process. In 1995 he won the Blake Prize for Religious Art was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of NSW in 2008.

In 2016 Gittoes was a finalist in the Sulman Art Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW and his documentary "Snow Monkey' was selected in the Brisbane Asian Film Festival. His work is held in all major and regional public Australian art collections.

About the Artwork

Known for his figurative documentation of war, George Gittoes turned to the mythical power of love for his 2018 exhibition ‘Lovers’. Exploring the mystery of love, the abstracted works in this series are reminiscent of rarely seen early Gittoes works from the late 1960’s. At the time, Gittoes revealed that one theme had been central to his life’s work – ‘to make love not war’. This series of paintings are not unrelated to his previous works, rather they encapsulate everything that he has forever been trying to convey. Amidst all the pain and suffering, love can survive.

Caryatid
2017-18
Oil on linen
92 x 122cm
Courtesy of Mitchell Fine Art
85 Vulture St, West End QLD 4101
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Venue Snapshot

Bill Diacos Barber is traditional barber shop specialising in mens hair styling.

Bil Diacos began as an apprentice to his mentor, Phil Apolakiatis across the street. The building, of basic design, has a long history as a fruit and vegetable shop. It has been in Greek hands for many years and still houses Greek owned businesses such as the barber shop and the neighbouring coffee shop.


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