Still

Art can excite the eye and mind. Art can be uncomfortable and exhilarating. And sometimes, when things are hard – when the mind and heart are racing faster than they should – art can be a place to find respite.

These are works from the Gallery’s collection that I have turned to in the past months of uncertainty and dislocation. They share a certain stillness, whether found in nature or the arrangement of forms. They have brought me peace and calm. Maybe they will for you too.

Sugimoto Hiroshi Bass Strait, Table Cape 1997. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1997. © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery

Giorgio Morandi Still life 1957. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with assistance from the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1997. © Giorgio Morandi/SIAE. Licensed by Copyright Agency

Horace Trenerry Seascape circa 1937. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with assistance from the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1992. © Horace Trenerry Estate

Kevin Lincoln Still life with box 1989. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Kathleen Buchanan May Bequest Fund 2007. © Kevin Lincoln. Licensed by Copyright Agency

Allan Mitelman Untitled 1992. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1993. © Allan Mitelman. Licensed by Copyright Agency

Jude Rae SL 266 2010. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2012. © Jude Rae

Laurence Aberhart Taranaki from Oeo Road, under Moonlight, 27–28 September 1999 1999, printed 2000. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors’ Program 2002. © Laurence Aberhart