From the exhibition brochure:
The exhibition Milk and Honey consists of paintings and sculptures executed between 2011 and 2015 and takes the Biblical expression "a land flowing with milk and honey" (Exodus 33:3) as a metaphor for rural Arcadia.
Coyte was born in 1953, in the bush, with a father who worked as a wool classer and a mother who came from a sheep farm. His earliest schooling was in a tiny convent school in Borenore, not far from Mount Canobolas and a ten minute drive from Orange, and this was supplemented by senior school in Orange itself. The 1970s were spent largely in art schools in Sydeny, while by the early eighties he was travelling and exhibiting his art in Europe. By the mid-eighties he was back in the Orange- Bathurst region with a growing family and teaching art.
All the paintings are for sale. I just wish I could afford one.
|Milky Moon 2011|
|Endless Column 2015|
|Udder Disaster 2015|
|Bee in Your Bonnet 2015|
|Count your blossoms (diptych) 2014|
|Odd Couple (collaboration with Ros Auld) 2014|
There's an excellent video that plays during the exhibition showing Martin working on some of the paintings. It's fascinating to watch and then look at the painting he was creating at the time. Thankfully through the magic of Vimeo you can watch it too.
Orange Regional Gallery
151 Byng Street
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