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Performative practice was essential to Pat Larter’s oeuvre, providing the context and subject matter to her painting. Riffing On brings together a selection of works borne out of the 1993 exhibition Pat Larter’s Rhythms & Peter Maloney’s Blues in which Maloney’s paintings perform as backdrops, stages and sets for Larter’s models and subjects. Explicit, energised and charged, their paintings and photo-collages are supported by archival material documenting performance and place.

Life-long partners Richard and Pat Larter spent a large portion of their lives living in Yass, NSW and after Pat’s death in 1996, Richard moved to Canberra and became well-embedded within its cultural scene. Their influence was wide reaching and formative for several generations of Canberra artists.


Top image: Pat Larter, Jump session, 1993. Synthetic polymer paint, glitter on electrophotographs on composition board, 121.5 × 91.2 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra. Purchased 2009.
Bottom image: Invite from Pat and Peter’s show at ROM Gallery, Surry Hills, 1993.

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.