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Impressionist Masterpieces Reimagined By Australian Artists

Sally Tabart
14th June, 2018

A group of local South Australian artists and designers respond to a landmark exhibition, with a range of shoppable art.

Since March this year, the Art Gallery of South Australia has been showing its most important exhibition to date. Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay features a collection of celebrated works from over sixty-five artists from the Impressionist period, on loan from the famed French art institution, Musée d’Orsay.

To commemorate this landmark exhibition, a group of South Australian artists and designers have been invited to respond to the likes of Edouard Manet and Claude Monet in their chosen medium. No pressure!

The collections from Tiff Manuell, Simon Williams, Susan Frost and Courtney Jackson represent a thoroughly modern reaction to these classic works of art.

Designer Tiff Manuell has developed a four-piece limited-edition collection of her signature bags, clutches and accessories responding to Edouard Manet’s Moonlight over the Port of Boulogne, Claude Monet’s Vetheuil, Setting Sun, Berthe Morisot’s The Hydrangea and Paul Signac’s Palace of the Popes.

Another of the designers who found inspiration in Signac’s Palace of the Popes is jeweller Simon Williams, who has embedded textural layers in his resin cast pieces that mimic the play of light and shadow.

Ceramicist Susan Frost’s chosen source material was the use of pattern seen in domestic scenes and women’s clothing, which have been manifested in a range of minimalist, porcelain vessels, whereas snow-tipped petals emerging from frosty, winter landscapes were the inspiration for jeweller Courtney Jackson’s delicate brooch pins.

This limited-edition range from all artists and designers are exclusively available at the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Gallery Store.

Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay will continue at Art Gallery of South Australia until July 29th.
Art Gallery of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia


Sally Tabart
14th June, 2018

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