How the Shoalhaven River connects two Australian artists; Arthur Boyd and Ray Monde.

Ray Monde captures the simple joy of a river in summer in his new solo exhibition at Michael Reid Southern Highlands. The artworks thread a connection along the Shoalhaven River between Riverbend, Ray Monde’s home and studio, to Riversdale, part of Arthur Boyd’s estate at Bundanon.

There’s a deep interplay between the stillness of the monolithic landforms and the constant movement of the river, reflecting our physical and emotional connection with the water.

Ray Monde is renowned for his collage technique called ghostworking where he overpaints paper from magazines allowing the print to ghost through the paint, adding depth and complexity to his work.

This exhibition follows the success of his first major solo exhibition in a public gallery at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery earlier in the year as well as exhibiting with the Blake Prize, the National Works on Paper Prize and Paddington Art Prize.

The River is on at Michael Reid Southern Highlands from 15 December 2022 until 9 January 2023. Download the catalogue, view online or visit at Michael Reid Southern Highlands, 11b Old Hume Highway, Berrima.

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