STUDIO: Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity is a book, DVD and exhibition project that showcases 61 of Australia’s most respected and important painters working in their studio environment. The project began in 2002 and came to fruition in July 2007 with a book launch and exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. The exhibition was then shown at; the State Library of Queensland, the State Library of New South Wales, and the State Library of Victoria. To date over 100,000 visitors have viewed the exhibition.
The STUDIO exhibition will be shown in 22 Australian public galleries up until 2014 and is currently touring under the auspices of Museums & Galleries NSW.
The selection of artists was made with the aim of representing a broad cross-section of men and women working in a variety of styles, from abstraction to the most exacting realism, as well as a representative group of Aboriginal painters. Large photographic portraits by National Geographic photographer R. Ian Lloyd examine and illustrate the artist’s working environment, whether it be an inner city loft, a kitchen table or the sandy earth of the Outback. How this space affects and inspires individual creativity is the subject of a text by John McDonald, art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, and former Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia.