11 Jun 2016 - 07 Aug 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 the 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 a 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 a Rockhampton Art Gallery touring exhibition.

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.

Dates: Saturday, 11 June to Sunday, 7 August 2016
Times: 10am–5pm daily
Cost: Free
Bookings: Not required
Age Group: All ages

Image: William Yaxley Mangrove monster no. 2  1986 | Wood, mandarin skins, shell and resin 90 x 87 x 146 cm. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, purchased through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation, 1987