Home Ground: The collection of Arthur Roe
is the first public presentation of one of the most impressive private collections in Australia. This uniquely personal collection assembled over two decades, spans paintings, prints, ceramics, photography and sculpture by leading and early career contemporary artists.
Exploring what motivates this collector’s passion for art, the exhibition will include works by artists from varying backgrounds and geographical viewpoints that demonstrate the richness and diversity of Australian art. The works featured in Home Ground have been chosen based on the premise that each artist depicts notions of place and belonging in vastly different ways. Colour, gestural mark making, textured and lustrous surfaces are also identifiable and unifying qualities connecting many works of this collection.
With over two-thirds of the collection dedicated to Indigenous art, Home Ground also presents the vastness of the Australian continent through the work of artists working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Arts Communities across Australia.
Image: Mirdidingkingathi Jurwunda Sally Gabori, Birmuyingathi Maali Netta Loogatha, Rayarriwarrtharrbayingathi Amy Loogatha, Thunduyingathi Bijarrb May Moodoonuthi, Wirrngajingathi Bijarrb Dawn Naranatjil, Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula Paul, Warthadangathi Bijarrba Ethel Thomas, Sweers Island 2008, acrylic on linen, 200.0 x 600.0 cm. Collection of Arthur Roe, Melbourne. Image courtesy of the artists and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne © The artists 2008. Licensed by Viscopy 2018.