‘See the Vision Splendid of the Sunlit Plains Extended’ is the first solo exhibition from Sydney-based illustrator and musician Mark Chester Harding, on show in the lobby of Sydney’s Liberty Place from 12 September to 8 October.
The title of the exhibition is a paraphrasing of Banjo Paterson’s poem ‘Clancy of the Overflow’, which portrays an optimistic Sydneysider’s perspective of the outback.
Much of the inspiration for Chester Harding’s work comes from spending time with First Nations communities in Wujal Wujal and Binthiwarra, learning and beginning to better understand Country. His yearning to be in the bush is clearly illustrated in the artworks on display, which use a muted and beautifully washed-out colour palette to instantly evoke Australia’s flora, fauna and unique locations.
Each of Chester Harding’s pieces are created digitally in the style of block printing, using transparent layers and negative space to concisely represent forms and illustrate moments in time.
‘See the Vision Splendid of the Sunlit Plains Extended’ is presented by Liberty Place, and curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery (an initiative of Wiltshire + Dimas Management).
Mark Chester Harding