Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    World of comics on display at the Art Gallery

    14/03/2016 10:00 AM
    • International showcase of nine current practicing comic artists
    • Free exhibition specifically developed for WA audiences
    • Visiting artists Tommi Parrish, Ron Rege Jr and Emma Talbot 

    Comic artists Emma Talbot (United Kingdom), Ron Rege Jr (United States of America) and Tommi Parrish (Australia) will be in Perth for the launch of the new exhibition Comic Tragics: the exploding language of contemporary comic art at the Art Gallery of WA (AGWA) on April 9.


    The exhibition features work by nine of the world's leading contemporary comic artists: Anders Nilsen, Gabrielle Bell, John Porcellino, Ron Rege Jr, and Dash Shaw from the USA; Stephen Collins and Emma Talbot from the UK; Aisha Franz from Germany; and Tommi Parrish from Australia.


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the exhibition was an international exploration of the inner life of some of the best comic artists at work in the world today.


    "Comics are a growing contemporary genre and the gallery's exhibition will reflect this," Mr Day said.


    "These artists are pushing the medium of printed comics in new and challenging directions.


    "The opening weekend will include a number of artists' talks and events - providing West Australians with the opportunity to come face to face with the works and the people who created them.  I encourage everyone to visit this exciting, free exhibition and meet the artists involved."


    More than 150 samples of the artists' works will be presented in various stages of completion from rough sketch to fully inked, through sketchbooks, finished comic pages, paintings and video, allowing an intimate understanding of their artistic processes.


    The Minister said the Art Gallery's Comic Tragics alongside WA Focus and Year 12 Perspectives, which both opened this week, were examples of the diversity of exhibitions held at the gallery to ensure there was always something new for audiences to discover. 


    Fact File

    • Comic Tragics was developed by Robert Cook, AGWA curator of Contemporary Design and International Art
    • The free exhibition runs from April 9 to July 25, 2016
    • For more information, visit http://www.artgallery.wa.gov.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 6200