Bruno Bobak: Love, Life and Death highlighted the figurative works (including a selection of portraits) that the East Coast-based artist produced between the early 1960s and 1980. While Bobak’s body of work is diverse with subject matter that encompasses war art, still lifes and landscapes, his greatest preoccupation has been the depiction of the human body and soul. This extensive corpus of art reveals his interest in the human condition effectively expressed through his handling of colour, line and composition. Love, Life and Death provided an in-depth look into the artist’s fascination with the body, with figures largely modelled by the artist and his wife Molly Lamb.
The exhibition offered a large selection of paintings and some works on paper from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and other public and private collections. It also included a graphic work by Egon Schiele, whose own figurative paintings (among those of Edvard Munch, Oskar Kokoschka, and Gustav Klimt) had a significant impact on the development of Bobak’s art.
Curated by Sharona Adamowicz-Clements