The Meeting, 1966
Andrew Sibley, (1933-2015)
mixed media on board
137 x 122cm
signed middle right
Provenance: Rudy Komon Art Gallery, Sydney, stock label verso #1100
Exhibited: Andrew Sibley, Rudy Komon Art Gallery, Sydney, 6-23 April 1966, Catalogue No. 3
0419 540 162
Sibley paints universal human situations. The Meeting, was a significant work in his well received 1966 solo show at Rudy Komon gallery Sydney. One critic wrote:
“Sibley’s vision of nature and of events arising from human nature has always been subtly poetic…he has learnt to emphasise this quality by tearing away superficialities and simplifying the essential parts of his design. He has brought out mysterious overtones by using unusual linear distortions and unexpected colour relationships”.
Andrew Sibley was born in Kent, England and migrated to Australia with his family in 1948. In the early 1960’s he was a part of the Brisbane School with Jon Molvig, Roy Churcher and Ian Fairweather. He found early success winning prestigious prizes and was invited to exhibit at the Whitechapel Galley in London in 1962 and the Paris Biennale in 1963. In the mid-late 1960’s Sibley was a part of the Rudy Komon gallery stable in Sydney that included many of the most important Australian artists of the time.
In the late 60’s Sibley married Irena Pauliukonis, moved to Melbourne and was appointed a lecturer at RMIT – a position he held till 1987 – the impact of his teaching and disciplined methods imparted on generations of Melbourne artists.
During his career Sibley had over 90 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas and was the subject of three books. He is represented in all Australian national and state galleries, leading university and regional galleries.