A new exhibition titled Dirty Paper has opened at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) today featuring a range of new and existing works created in response to the TMAG collection.

Tasmanian artists Matt Coyle, Tom O’Hern, Joel Crosswell and Lucienne Rickard were invited to visit TMAG’s collection stores and meet with senior curators across multiple disciplines to explore particular objects and specimens.

The artists then began interpreting their chosen collection items and were encouraged to push the boundaries of drawing resulting in a rich variety of works from photocopies to photorealism, pen, collage, charcoal, paint, finger-printing, hammered ink and animation.

The exhibition title Dirty Paper, comes from the influential English art critic John Ruskin (1819 – 1900).  Ruskin was a great advocate for drawing, who provocatively claimed that “all good drawing consists merely of dirtying the paper delicately”.

Dirty Paper is on show in TMAG’s Hunter Gallery 6 from 15 February until 14 July 2019. For more information, visit www.tmag.tas.gov.au.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts