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Outback and Out Back | Rob Howe & Hal Pratt

‘Outback and Out Back’ is an exhibition by artists Rob Howe and Hal Pratt, which takes their very different subjects and highlights ideas of belonging, self, nostalgia and the romantic.

Hal Pratt found inspiration for these paintings in the evocative landscape of the Macdonnell Ranges east and west of Alice Springs. The work originates from firsthand experience of walking the Larapinta Trail from Alice Springs to Mount Sonder and joining annual painting camps in remote locations in the same area.

Pratt has accepted the challenge of finding his own interpretation of this landscape after Namatjira. The result is a unique voice that speaks of the awe and majesty while sharing the trials and tribulations experienced through making art in difficult, rugged and isolated conditions.

At first glance Robert Howe's work seems concerned with the everyday or mundane. Yet upon examination we see evidence of the joy in his mark making, colour relationships, and perspective. There is an intimacy that is understood, and the seemingly innocuous subject matter of stranger’s transforms into homes and havens of friends and loved ones.

The Egg & Dart
27th May – 25th June 2016