Lowell Nesbitt exhibits at Eastern Southland Gallery

Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore

16 December 2010 until 4 February 2011

Lowell Nesbitt Astronaut from 1975 Bicennential Hat SeriesAstronaut, Bicentennial Hat Series 1975, Screen print 

The Eastern Southland Gallery’s latest exhibition surveys the career of the North American artist, Lowell Nesbitt (1933-1993). Nesbitt’s work found its way to Gore via Dr John Money who gifted his extensive art collection to the Gallery in 2002.

In the late 1950s, as a diversion from gender research, Dr Money organised art exhibitions at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to showcase the work of emerging artists. One of those artists was Lowell Nesbitt and the two became friends. Dr Money got in on the ground floor of Nesbitt’s career and collected his work for the next twenty years. 

Success came early in Nesbitt’s career when NASA commissioned him to record the Apollo 9 and Apollo 13 space flights. Fortune followed in the 1970s and 1980s as Nesbitt became a leading botanical artist. The US Postal Service recognised this in 1981 by issuing four stamps showcasing Nesbitt’s flowers. 

Gore local, David Luoni has curated the exhibition as a placement for his Master’s in Museum and Heritage Studies. David and Gore District Curator, Jim Geddes, set two goals for the exhibition, first to survey Nesbitt’s varied career and to also place it within the wider sweep of post WW II North American art.

David considers that “a feature of the exhibition is the sheer variety of styles and subjects Nesbitt explored during his career. Classical prints, large abstract oil paintings, stained glass, hyper-realistic, vibrant pop art and flowers all vie for attention.”  

The Eastern Southland Gallery invites you to save yourself a flight to a New York or Washington DC art museum and come to see the world through Lowell Nesbitt’s eyes. The exhibition runs from 13 December 2010 to 4 February 2011.

Admission is free. The Gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm, 1 to 4pm on weekends and public holidays.