William YAXLEY (b. 1943) | Listening to the Rolling Stones (Yeppoon) 1986
oil on composition board | collection of The University of Queensland,
purchased 2011 | photo: Carl Warner
The Adventures of William Yaxley
A Rockhampton Art Gallery touring exhibition
9 April to 29 May 2016
The adventures of William Yaxley presents a survey of an important mid-career Australian artist. As a self-taught artist, Yaxley worked in isolation from Australian art centres to develop an idiosyncratic style. His approach is an instinctive, rather than a learned way of working, enabling Yaxley to visually communicate the essence of a place.
Yaxley is a story-teller, and his paintings depict idyllic scenes of farming life in both Central Queensland and Tasmania, but also of his travels around Australia.
He concentrates on the elements of texture, shape, colour, and movement, which he combines with an aerial perspective to depict regional locations and subject matter with an irreverent sense of humour.
This combination of larrikinism, sense of irony in the everyday, and an essentially raw approach to painting and sculpture, mark out Yaxley as an artist with a truly unique vision.
The Adventures of William Yaxley is touring to Ipswich Art Gallery and will be on display from 11 June to 7 August 2016.
The Adventures of William Yaxley video
Rockhampton Art Gallery also caught up with William Yaxley at his property in Copping Tasmania, and at his old farms at Farnborough and Byfield near Yeppoon, Queensland. Find out more about the life and artwork of Bill in this 10 minute video.
William YAXLEY (b. 1943) | The mangrove monster no.2 1986 | wood, mandarin skin, shell and resin | Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and
Rockhampton Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.