This exhibition presents recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompassing themes including portraits, nudes, lush museum interiors and transcendent landscapes at the Art Gallery of WA from 16 September - 11 December.
The images in this show are drawn from a body of works created between 2008 and 2011, and continue Henson’s sensitive study of the human condition, which he has realised over his forty-year career.
Each of the works included has a palpable sense of the cinematic and together they form an enigmatic imaginative statement. Like much of his work, there is little that is explicit, and rather the works propose open-ended narratives and capture a transitory sensation.
A powerful sense of mystery and ambiguity can be found within the images, heightened by the deep blackness of the shadows and the striking use of chiaroscuro to selectively obscure and reveal the form of the nudes, sculptures and the landscape itself. Bill Henson is a National Gallery of Victoria exhibition. For more information visit www.artgallery.wa.gov.au/exhibitions/bill-henson.
Image: Bill Henson (born Australia 1955) Untitled 2009/10. Inkjet print, ed. 2/5, 127 x 184.5 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2011 (2012.9). © Bill Henson.