July 31

Now and Then

Artist Gunter Christmann and his life partner Jenny Christmann were legends. Free thinking eccentrics of the first order. Influencing younger artists with their mischievous playful anarchism from four floors up in downtown Darlinghurst. Just across the road from the art school, perfectly situated to challenge a few young brains over a coffee.

I never met Gunter and Jenny, but looking at Gunther’s survey show of  works at HEIDE last night, (the first retrospective of his work in an Australian museum) I felt like I had.

Gunter sure liked to test out what paint could do, and within his fifty year painting career there’s a constant testing and shifting of styles and techniques. There’s none of the complacency of the product development schtick that lesser artists settle into, where they hit on a style popular with the punters then reproduce it over and over again for a couple of decades. I like an artist who takes chances, risks something of themselves by shifting it up a gear.

Those who turned out last night for Gunter’s retrospective spoke warmly of his life and his work, a sweet poem to the love of his life Jenny.

Nat Thomas

http://www.heide.com.au

 

Charlie Sofo

Charlie Sofo

Ben Armstrong and Mitch Cairns

Ben Armstrong and Mitch Cairns

Monica and Dear friend

Monica and Dear friend

Gunter painting

Gunter painting

Heather and David

Heather and David

Jason Smith and Tom Nicholson

Jason Smith and Tom Nicholson

Agatha Goethe-Snape

Agatha Goethe-Snape

Michael Prior

Michael Prior

Jake Tracey

Jake Tracey

Charles Nugent

Charles Nugent

George Egerton-Warburton

George Egerton-Warburton

Brendan Huntley, Katherine Hattam and Brad Westmoreland

Brendan Huntley, Katherine Hattam and Brad Westmoreland

Heather checks out Michael's beats

Heather checks out Michael’s beats

Jimmy Nuttall

Jimmy Nuttall

Kinetic sound sculptures by Michael Prior

Kinetic sound sculptures by Michael Prior

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