Ivor Cole, one of the Enfants Terribles of the 70's and 80's Sydney art scene, is back with a new exhibition, his first solo in over 15 years in Sydney. Cole, who had a succession of successful exhibitions with Gisella Schienberg's Holdsworth Gallery, is now offering up...
Art In The Modern World
After dropping out of the limelight during the 90's Cole was, in his own words, "beavering away in the studio recovering from a miasma of drugs and several tempestuous relationships".
At the turn of the millennia Cole upped sticks and moved far from Sydney to the top end - Darwin. As well as showing in several galleries in Darwin, he says he was "working away on behalf of the mostly neglected Territory artists and producing copious new works".
In 2003 Cole formed the Gallery Sometimes project in Darwin showcasing local artists working in the western style. Gallery Sometimes was a series of pop ups, at one time running 15 spaces in the CBD. He also secured the first legal street art site in central Darwin.
Now residing in Bali for most of the year, in 2016 he was invited to join the Bali Artists Camp, a government sponsored art initiative, as the sole non Indonesian artist.
"Art In The Modern World" Cole says is his way of "paying homage to the painters that opened my eyes, pulling me away from the Constable prints that were splayed on living room walls as I grew up in South London, these works represent some of the 20th century artists that I most respect... but with a twist"
D/O.8 Art in the Modern World opens at Disorder Gallery on November 23rd from 6-8pm.