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Piers Greville, ‘I Thought Nature Was A Place (Mitta Mitta Morning)’


Piers Greville, ‘I Thought Nature Was A Place (Mitta Mitta Morning)’, 2021, oil and acrylic on linen, 122 x 183 cm

$5,900.00 inc GST

Piers Greville’s ‘I Thought Nature Was A Place (Mitta Mitta Morning) is a painting of an isolated section of a tree trunk that began with an image of a human figure as its starting point and alludes to Jenny Saville’s seminal figurative artwork ‘Branded’ (1992). Also inspired by Timothy Morton’s book Ecology Without Nature, Greville’s painting confronts our fraught relationship with environmental care.

Greville goes on to say, “the tree is located at Talangatta East, (Waveroo and Jaitmatang Country) at the junction of the Mitta Mitta River and Talangatta Creek. Every time I pass it, its antiquity is unknown to me, but the expression of its life force is undeniable.”

Greville’s art career developed later in life, but his keen awareness of our changing global climate has been nurtured since childhood. His concerns were fortified in the alpine regions of the world, following the winters from northern to southern hemispheres as a competitor in cross country skiing competitions. Greville began artistic collaborations and exhibitions in Sydney and Berlin, where he was invited to explore environmental themes in shows including Histories Collapse (2009), Precipitate (2010) and A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes (2010). He embarked on full-time painting in Ironside Studios in 2016 and in 2018 he completed a Masters of Fine Art with first class honours. His thesis, titled Fabricated Country: re-imagining landscape focussed on the evolving ways that art can facilitate urgent investigations into this changing environment. At the final Masters exhibition Greville won two awards, one granting him an exhibition at Dominik Mersch Gallery in Sydney. In 2019, Greville won the prestigious Glover prize for painting.


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