One of Melbourne's favourite artists gets a major career retrospective celebrating three decades of painting
Stieg Persson's work is held in every major gallery in Australia and at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, but this new exhibition brings together a huge range of art from across his three-decade career. His paintings, best described as postmodern, are immediately eye-catching, melding together elements of realism with the more abstract and offering searing insights and frequently funny musings on contemporary life. You'll see everything in his work from rococo painting to elements of graffiti and images about our national obsession with food.
Persson is a major force in Australian art and especially painting. His win of the inaugural Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize in 2003 (then the richest prize for painting in Australia, at $50,000) helped to blow open ideas about how broad painting could be and exactly what it could and should entail. In this exhibition you can trace his long and at times unruly evolution as an artist, moving from style to style and subject to subject.