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Art Gallery Exhibit - History in Colour: David Lever Exhibition

5th Dec 2013 - 23rd Jan 2014

10:00 am - 05:00 pm


Macquarie University Art Gallery, Building E11A

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About this event

Macquarie University Art Gallery's next exhibition will showcase works by artist David Lever. Titled History in Colour, the exhibition records street life as it might have appeared between 1900 and 1950. David Lever's work is often based on early photos and on early newspaper reports and offers a witty and moving panorama of everyday Australians going about their business.

The Art Gallery will be holding an Artist floor talk as part of the exhibition on 11 December 2013.

The Macquarie University Art Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm. The exhibition is now open, closing Monday December 23, re-opening on Monday January 13.

About History in Colour

The History in Colour exhibition at Macquarie University Art Gallery allows audiences to travel back in time with a series of colourful paintings that breathe life into the history of some of Sydney's oldest suburbs.

History in Colour: David Lever Exhibition features a new series of paintings by artist David Lever, which capture glimpses into the way Sydney-siders once lived. Residents from local communities, particularly around Berowra or Brooklyn areas, will barely recognise their local landmarks.

The exhibition records street life as it might have appeared between 1900 and 1950 in a series of 44 evocative paintings. David Lever's work is based on early photos or newspaper reports, giving his work historical authenticity as it depicts people going about their daily business. However, he has gone extra lengths to achieve an authentic colour palette.

Lever says, 'As early photos are usually in black and white I have researched colours. For building colours I have used early paint colour charts and even examined the first levels of paint chips from actual buildings. The colour of the advertising signs I have painted are also as they were.'

Lever's dedication to tracking down difficult-to-locate records is worth the effort, resulting in a captivating series of paintings that open up the past, and offer a new visual record of life as it was.