Had someone asked me a few years ago to visit an art gallery, I probably would have used any excuse in the world NOT to go! Thankfully, with a few more years under my belt, I can appreciate how stupid that was of me and how closed-minded I really was.
You see, until I bought my DSLR camera last year I would not have thought I had one bone in my body which was inclined towards being in any way creative. In fact I remember being the butt of jokes at school when my art teacher asked me to be more creative in my drawing, after which I picked up a ruler and drew a square house!
However with the purchase of my camera I began to realise that ‘art’ was complex and multi-faceted in a way I had not even began to appreciate. I still can’t draw for nuts, but put me behind a camera and all of a sudden I am thinking about light, angles, colour, shade, composition, distractions and so much more. And I say this to make other people aware of the fact that while they too may not think they have any interest in art, that hopefully they will not waste their life as I did trying to prove it to themselves.
When I invited my wife and adult daughter to visit the Art Gallery of South Australia, I saw the same look in their eyes that I would have given not so long ago. But, they graciously accepted, and we were all actually surprised by the depth of art on display in the galley. I could not have imagined 38,000 different works of art in one building, consisting of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photos, ceramics and much much more.
From the ‘ Woman with a laundry basket’ in the top photo (yes, the one in the middle!), to the lovely Aussie bush painting by renowned artist Sir Hans Heysen, or even the abstract above by Dale Frank, each and every piece of art in the gallery makes you really think about what you are looking at.
I implore you next time you travel, PLEASE if time permits, visit a local art gallery and see what is on display. Every gallery, in every state or county, in every country is in some way different, exciting, and thought-provoking. Take time to expand your mind and make note of the artists which interest you and get your creative juices flowing. You will find that many of them have other pieces of art to see and possibly buy. You may be able to visit their studio or contact them on-line to see where they are on display.
You may not like every piece on display, but that is exactly why you need to go. Every artist is an individual who sees the world differently and is unique in the way they express that. By going to an art gallery you begin a journey of self-discovery; one that has the power to change the course of your life forever!
If you wish to visit the Art Gallery of South Australia, it is open every day in Adelaide, other than Christmas Day and admission is free, except for some exhibitions. It is just minutes from the CBD shopping centre, and is easily accessible from public transport.
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Living each adventure,
Trev and Chris Barre