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Image of Ian by Daniel Palmer, taken in 2015

Statement from GAGPROJECTS Director Paul Greenaway OAM

Vale Ian North AM, 1945-2024

Ian and his wife Mirna Heruc have been neighbours and friends for the past 30+ years. Ian regularly exhibited his beautiful photography with our gallery and came to all our exhibitions until recently. He was a gentle man with a wealth of talent and knowledge that he was prepared to share with students and other artists. Respected by so many, he was called on to write references for countless people. Preparing the nomination for his AM was an easy task, Ian had achieved so much in his artistic and academic life.

Ian North was reserved, thoughtful and serious, and always prepared to see the others point of view, he was equally at home with people in all walks of life and had a good sense of humour. Even in these last months he was happy on occasion to manage a smile as he sipped through a straw a small vodka to accompany herring prepared lovingly by Mirna.

My deep condolences go to Ian’s wife Mirna, his son Patrick and his family, his brother and his NZ family.

The Art Gallery of South Australia and the Gallery’s Director Rhana Davenport have both posted a summary of Ian achievements so well on their social media platforms.

Lying to the south of Sydney, the Illawarra region has long been studied and celebrated by artists and writers, from Conrad Martens, Max Dupain, DH Lawrence and Charmian Clift to Brett Whiteley and Gary Shead. It's creative history extends back more than 60,000 years in a vibrant and continuous connection to Country, through the cultural disruption of colonisation, and periods of boom and bust as different industries and people have moved to the area and shaped the landscape around them.

Landscape Tells the Way: Illawarra brings together 13 contemporary artists who share a connection to the region, and features their unique perspectives on the local landscape.

Artists: Riste Andrievski, Suzanne Archer, Sophie Cape, Elisabeth Cummings, Warwick Keen, Steve Lopes, Jo Lyons, Euan Macleod, Noel McKenna, Reg Mombassa, Idris Murphy, Lucy O'Doherty and Amanda Penrose Hart.

Multi-disciplinary artist James Tylor combines historical and contemporary photographic processes to explore his Nunga (Kaurna Miyurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch and Norwegian) ancestry.

James Tylor Turrangka…in the shadows  is a UNSW Galleries exhibition curated by Leigh Robb that surveys a decade of Tylor’s practice and, for the first time, brings together the most comprehensive selection of his unique daguerreotypes, expansive digital photographic series, and hand-made Kaurna cultural objects. The exhibition title is drawn from a Kaurna word, highlighting a significant ongoing aspect of Tylor’s practice: the learning and sharing of his Indigenous language. As well as shadow, turra also translates to reflection, image, and mirror.

Together within James Tylor's solo exhibition the shadows, Tylor and Robb will speak to the diverse bodies of work on display, and the journey taken to bring this exceptional show and corresponding publication to life. With a broad range of material approaches, Tylor's practice is one worth getting to know, for artists, curators and art-lovers alike. 

The corresponding exhibition publication ‘James Tylor: Turrangka... in the shadows’ will also be available to purchase. Developed with the generous support of Vivien Anderson Gallery, this 160-page publication features contributions by James Tylor, Leigh Robb, Coby Edgar, Geoffrey Batchen and Caitlin Eyre.

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