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The Nature of Decay

Posted on
January 30, 2020

Gippsland Art Gallery | 1 February to 15 March 2020 | Free Entry

This February Gippsland Art Gallery invites visitors to experience the breathtaking botanical illustrations of Simon Deere.

The Nature of Decay showcases a selection of Simon Deere’s botanical drawings, including new work inspired by his connection to South Gippsland. His subjects comprise an intriguing collection of dying and dried plant matter selected for their structural and architectural qualities.

Working with graphite, Deere creates incredibly detailed and realistic drawings of his chosen subjects.

Deere states: “I have used subjects ranging from seedpods and dead flower heads to mutilated pinecones and other botanical specimens, to share with the viewer an intimate view into a world of nature’s forms, structures and textures. These collected, curated relics and sarcophagi become iconic; monuments to remind us of lives lived and of the cycle of life before they are returned to the earth.”

On 7 February, visitors are invited to meet artist Simon Deere at the First Friday art conversation, commencing 2.00pm at the Port of Sale.

The exhibition celebration for The Nature of Decay will take place on Friday 14 February, 6:00pm, and all are welcome to attend.

The Nature of Decay will be on display from 1 February to 15 March 2020.

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