‘Feeling is everything’ is the new exhibition from Robert Malherbe. This exhibition captures the artist’s surrounds, be it the soaring landscapes of the Blue Mountains, the glimpses of domesticity in the home or the quiet moments shared between artist and muse in the studio.
With a sense of urgency to capture what is immediately before him, his latest body of work celebrates the pure joy of observing and we bear witness to an artist in full command of the brush.
“In painting, I’ve always been guided by one thing, feeling. The great paintings I admire, whether it’s by Rembrandt, Manet, Matisse or de Kooning, don’t just describe feelings; they become them. For me feeling is everything.”
Robert Malherbe – 2021
Immigrating to Australia in 1971 from Mauritius, Malherbe worked as an animator before spending a decade living and travelling in Europe. In 2015 he won the Manning Art Prize and the following year was awarded the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. Malherbe has been a regular finalist in some of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes including the Archibald Prize, the Wynne Prize, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Kilgour Art Prize. His artworks are held in important public collections including NSW Parliament House, Redland Art Gallery and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery as well as numerous private collections nationally and abroad.