Art with a story is better than art for art’s sake

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Jack Featherstone is an amazing man. He spent a great deal of his life travelling the Australian outback, giving dental care to remote communities and investigating the bacteria of the mouths of Indigenous Australians.

His paintings are wonderfully naive, but what I love the most are the stories that go with them. It made me realise while it’s fine to make pretty pictures, the works that sing to me the most have a story that carries them along.

It could be the story the artist intended or a story from your life “It was in front of this painting that she broke up with me for the last time.”

Jack’s retrospective in Braidwood Regional Art Centre was a surprise and delight, much like the stories of the man who painted them.

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