Five Lone Goats on Cézanne's Mountain

Group Show

January 24 - February 18 2020

Richard Goodwin  Dreaming Mathematics, 2019  Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
Richard Goodwin  Nervous Truss for an Anxious Person 2, 2019  Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
Andjana Pachkova  Mullumbimby Dreaming, 2019  Acrylic, oil pastels and charcoal on Belgian linen
Andjana Pachkova  Byron Dreaming, 2019  Acrylic, oil pastels and charcoal on Belgian linen
Alexandra Mowday  Smoke On The Water, 2020  Oil on canvas
Alexandra Mowday  Fire In The Sky, 2020  Oil on canvas
Matthew Gorgula  Fibonacci squared (two parts), 2020
Matthew Gorgula  Fibonacci squared (three parts), 2020
Wendy Arnold  Five Lone Goats, 2019  Acrylic and wax on canvas and board
Wendy Arnold  Embrace, 2018  Acrylic on canvas

Alexandra Mowday, Andjana Pachkova, Matthew Gorgula, Richard Goodwin, Wendy Arnold

Cezanne, the forefather of modern art, painted Mont Saint-Victoire in southern France more than 60 times.  

One hundred and fourteen years after his death artists still grapple with Cezanne’s radical visual thinking and reinterpretation of reality.  Cezanne’s mountain, possibly the best known in the history of art, is both an enduring inspiration to artists and an anachronistic paradigm some seek to escape. 

Alexandra Mowday, Andjana Pachkova, Matthew Gorgula, Richard Goodwin, and Wendy Arnold present Five Lone Goats on Cezanne's Mountain.  

These five artists share a studio in Sydney’s Balmain.  Different media, different styles … indeed with different goals in making art, yet each is still connected by Cezanne’s legacy. 

For Pachkova, an emerging artist with an international background in law, Byron is critical to her practice.  Both of her two large and soulful paintings were painted especially for this exhibition.  They are about the Byron hinterland and the energy of the sea: ‘Surfing is just like working with a painting - it can go any way at any moment. That is the unpredictability of being in the water; the excitement, and a healthy dose of fear!’ 

Mowday’s elegant coloured Balsa wood wall-piece constructions evoke mountain forms and the sea.

Arnold, co-founder of the fashion label Studibaker Hawk, contributes frisson with her sensual figurative paintings.  

However, Gorgula considers suspect the very act of producing art itself. 

For Goodwin (renowned international artist,architect and professor of Fine Arts and Design at the UNSW), these five Sydney artists ‘are linked by nothing less than the end of the modernist dream.’