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Vali Myers “Lady of the beasts” exhibition runs until 24th November 2010.
Outre Gallery, Exhibition Street, Melbourne.
For details check online at www.outregallery.com
An exhilarating exhibition of works by the eccentric Australian artist Vali Myers. The works are amazingly detailed and oozing symbolism. The exhibition encompasses new prints, rare prints and original artwork. The original art works are not for sale but an impressive selection of numbered limited edition prints are for sale both at the gallery shop and online.
I was lucky enough to view Vali Myers ‘The Tightrope Dancer & Painted Lady” double DVD by Ruth Cullen. This documentary had me mesmerised into the amazing, challenging and passionate life of this incredible artist. You are immediately inthralled into her life journey. Escaping Melbourne in her early years (much too conservative for her) to travel and eventually settle in a secluded valley in Southern Italy, only returning to Melbourne in her later years. Her sense of passion and endearment toward animals which she then relates into her drawings which such emotion. Her soft and gentle side is seen only when emersed in a moment with her beloved animals and at night (and all through the night) as she is painstakingly creating one of her amazing drawings. As she admits in the documentary, she is only a perfectionist when it comes to her drawings, everything else in her life is pure chaos.
The DVD gives a great insight into the meanings and inspiration behind many of her works. ‘Moby Dick’ is a beautiful piece and one of my favourites. Inspired by the famous novel. ‘Foxy’, is a favourite of my two boys and is in remembrance of her beloved pet fox which Vali adopted as an orphan and who was so close to her heart. ‘Passions’, is another favourite of mine, mainly because of the story behind the drawing. It tells of two pet donkeys who were inseparable until the sudden and tragic death of one. This led to the mourning and almost self destruction of the donkey left behind and shows true passion and emotion as the loss of a close friend does.
I am patiently awaiting my copy of ‘Vali Myers : A Memoir’ by Gianni Menichetti (her friend and lover) from Amazon.com ($25.00) as it is on my next to read list. And also looking forward to the new book release which Outre Gallery is working in close conjunction with the Vali Myers trust on the life and art of Vali Myers slated for 2011.