WALCHA is playing host to an exhibition by celebrated local artist Angus Nivison.
Called Angus Nivison and Friends: Christopher Hodges, Helen Eager and John R Walker, the exhibition is at The Walcha Gallery of Art until next Friday.
It was opened by Walcha mayor Janelle Archdale who spoke about Mr Nivison’s outstanding success and the effect that success had had on his hometown.
She thanked him for his contribution to art in the town and said it was wonderful to host an exhibition of his work after more than 20 years.
Mr Nivison has chosen to live and work in Walcha and has spent many years creating work that embodies his understanding of the landscape.
“He is proof that one need not live in Sydney or Melbourne to achieve recognition at the highest levels of Australian art. His success has brought attention to Walcha and its creative art scene,” gallery director Carley McLaren said.
In 2002 he was awarded the prestigious Art Gallery of NSW annual Wynne Prize for Landscape for his multi-panelled painting, Remembering Rain.
He has been a finalist numerous times in the Wynne Prize, Archibald Prize, The Dobell Prize for Drawing, Fleureu Art Prize and won the EMSLA Eutick Memorial Still Life Award at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.
Since graduating from art school in 1974, his work has been included in exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas.