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Artist Michael Ambriano responds to recent bushfires in Burnt Earth


Hurstville Museum & Gallery invites the public to the exhibition Burnt earth, which features the work of artist Michael Ambriano, on display from 28 November 2020 to 7 February 2021.

Michael is an established Sydney-based artist who, like many, found the 2019/20 bushfires devastating to watch, and he felt compelled to paint a series of work in response to the emotions the fires evoked in him.

Ever since he was a child Michael has had a fascination with landscapes and he has tried to harness this passion when producing his work.

Michael primarily works en plein air (or outdoors), creating works from elements of the environment that grab his attention in his sketch book or study paintings. When he paints, his technique involves building up and wiping away texture.

“It feels like I am unveiling the image on the canvas, not actually painting it,” said Michael.

“Never before have I spent so much time immersing myself in the landscape after bushfires. The landscape morphs into something eerie but beautiful – still full of form, texture, mood and colour,” he added.

Burnt earth will coincide with the 1-year anniversary of the 2019/20 bushfires.

It illustrates not only how the landscape was devastated by the bushfires, but also how it has started to recover and regenerate.

Event: Burnt earth by Michael Ambriano
Date: 28 November 2020 – 7 February 2021
Cost: Free, all welcome
Location: Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville

Image: Eerie Quiet 1 by Michael Ambriano

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