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  • WhenSat 20 April — Sun 9 June 2019
  • Opening6pm, April 2019
  • CuratorThe Drill Hall Gallery

Elizabeth Cross is better known as an art historian and curator, but she has nurtured her remarkable talent for drawing out of the public eye. This exhibition consists of twenty drawings of trees – they are for the most part denuded of foliage and it is their nervy, sinuous, gesticulating grace that translates so well into the language of drawing.

Western art history is full of great artists who have been fascinated by trees and have been inspired to make works which have an analogy with the light-loving, profusely spreading, graceful unities that trees epitomise. There is a tradition stretching from Albrecht Dürer and Claude Lorrain to Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and Mondrian which establishes the most exacting criteria in the field of drawing. That these drawings by Elizabeth Cross can withstand any such comparison is surely the measure of her formidable achievement.

The Drill Hall Gallery 2019 program of exhibitions has been generously supported by the ANU Visual Arts Foundation


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  • TitleArborescent: Drawings by Elizabeth Cross
  • SpecsPaperback, 60 pages, 22 x 21 cm.
  • PublisherPublished 2019 by DHG Publishing
  • DetailsElizabeth Cross.
  • ISBN978-0-9942584-9-6
  • Price$25 + $10 postage / Buy Now

Install Images

Floor Talk

Floor Talk

Floor Talk

Floor Talk


Image: Elizabeth Cross, Moreton Bay Fig 2002, pencil on paper, 57 x 69 cm. Art Gallery of Ballarat Collection.

The 2020 program of exhibitions has been generously supported by the ANU Visual Arts Foundation and International Art Services.

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.