Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.
— Biography of Guy Stuart
Born in Canberra in 1942, Guy Stuart lives and works in Geelong practicing painting and drawing.
A star pupil of John Brack's at school, his work was selected for the prestigious McCaughey Prize at age 19, and not long after he was selected for the 10th Sao Paolo Biennale in Brazil in 1969.
He was at the vanguard of participatory installation art in Melbourne in the 1960s, constructing a 'Continuous Wooden Floor' at Pinacotheca which was revisited at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide in 2010, and he explored further conceptual movements and public sculpture into the 1970s.
In the 1980s he began to paint the Australian landscape which has now become his primary focus.
Visits to Japan as a teenager, and again in the 1980s, made a life-long impact on his style, evident in the calligraphic nature of his line and his preferred format of a tall narrow canvas to evoke the traditional oriental scroll.
Survey exhibitions of the artist’s work include ‘Bowls, Vats, Discs and Baffles’ at TarraWarra Museum of Art in 2007 which featured his renown series of ‘Vat’ paintings, and ‘Works on Paper - 1957 to the present’ at the Charles Nodrum Gallery in 2014 which featured ink drawings and watercolours dating back to his first ever exhibitions.
The artist's work is in the state collections of Canberra, New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland; as well as regional gallery, university, corporate and private collections nationwide.