Making it Modern
The Watercolours of Kenneth Macqueen
Nov 2007 -
In 1922 Kenneth Macqueen (1897–1960) settled on a property near Millmerran on Queensland's Darling Downs. The open, undulating landscape became the focus of his farming and his art. Macqueen's watercolours reflect an optimistic vision of the country he worked — his crisp, clear washes evoke its climate and landforms. Equally important are watercolours inspired by family holidays on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts that capture the patterns and pleasures of the seaside. 'Making it Modern' is a major exhibition of Macqueen's watercolours highlighting his importance as a key Australian modernist. Featuring approximately 130 watercolours drawn from the Gallery's Collection and from public and private collections, the exhibition will reveal Kenneth Macqueen as a complex and highly individual artist.