Almanac Art: Citrus Bob Utber’s The Art of Footy Exhibition in Mildura

Citrus Bob Utber has put together a superb exhibition of footy art. He started with some of the artists who have been significant contributors to the Almanac community and expanded from there. Here is the catalogue for The Art of Football which runs from  Aug 31 to Sep 19 at The Art Vault in Mildura.

 

 

The Art of Football

Catalogue

 

 

Introduction:

 

Football has been part of Australian life for generations.

 

It’s been part of Harms family life for as long as I can remember. In fact, I can’t remember life without football. So many of my family memories are connected with footy – local footy and VFL and AFL footy.

 

I am definitely not alone. That so many of us retain our passion for the game and the culture that surrounds the game suggests to me that footy is meaningful – for so many reasons. We find meaning in its elements: the way the game is played, the common purpose of the team, the contest, the mystery of form, the aesthetic of movement, the art of performance, victory and defeat, the sense of place, the responsibility of representing your community, the colour of the jumper, the player, the champion, the coach, victory and triumph, the fanaticism and loyalty of the supporter, the frustration of limitation, the pain of injury, the agony of loss, and so much more.

 

It is no surprise, then, that serious artists are drawn to footy as a subject – and offer so much in their diverse representation of the game.

 

I am delighted to offer this introduction to Citrus Bob Utber’s ‘The Art of Football’ exhibition. I picked Citrus Bob (named for wearing lemon slacks with orange) as an enthusiast from the start. A much-loved contributor to the Almanac, he is a man of tremendous energy, and will pop up at the sporting venues of the nation (and the world), pen in hand, ready to tap out a story. It’s always a joy to bump into him. He’s also a Geelong supporter.

 

He has brought together an eclectic group of artists from across Australia. Their works offer much insight into the game. Their talent is obvious; their passion prevails.

 

Well done Citrus and all the very best with the exhibition.

 

Carn the Cats,

 

John Harms

 

John Harms is a writer and historian. His book Loose Men Everywhere is the account of his fascination with footy. His website www.footyalmanac.com.au provides a platform for alternative (and maverick) sports writers. He also loves footy art. Each year he selects a piece of footy art to be the cover of The Footy Almanac, an annual account of each AFL season since 2007. Those art works are on display at the exhibition.

 

Ps. Citrus Bob has a grandson who plays with Geelong and wears no 35!

 

 

  1. Naomi Le Get        Adam Goodes                            screenprint A/P             $500
  2. Naomi Le Get     The Bob Murphy Print              screenprint A/P                                                   $500

 

  1. Naomi Le Get Cyril                                           screenprint A/P             $500

 

  1. Nick Howson     Buddy                                        digital print                   $350

 

  1. Susan Sutton    Spangher                                   digital print                   $350

 

  1. Martin Tighe      Chappy                                      digital print                   $350

 

  1. Geoff Dyer       Brownie                                     digital print                   $350

 

  1. Jim Pavlidis     Richo                                          digital print                   $350

 

  1. Kate Birrell      Hodgie                                       digital print                   $350

 

  1. Trent Chaplin    The set shot                              oil on board                  $500

 

  1. Trent Chaplin    Full forward, full back              oil on canvas                $600

 

  1. Trent Chaplin    After the siren                           oil on board                                                        $500

 

  1. Jim Pavlidis     Final Siren                                 etching                         $850

 

  1. Jim Pavlidis    1977                                          etching                         $750

 

  1. Megan Roodenrys Tyson at Henley                        oil on linen                   $5000

 

  1. Ken Martin           The Roo                                                                         NFS

(Bronze Marquette of the proposed statue for Waikerie)

 

  1. Martin Tighe Nicky Winmar                           mixed media                 NFS

 

  1. Kate Birrell Dusty                                         gouache on paper         $175

 

  1. Kate Birrell Danger                                       gouache on paper         $175

 

  1. Paul Harvey Hird                                            oil on canvas                $5500

 

  1. Paul Harvey The Greatest                             oil on canvas                $5500

 

  1. Jim Pavlidis            Push Me, Pull Me                       lithograph                     $850

 

  1. Susan Sutton Four of the Best                        oil on canvas                                                      $1200

 

  1. Rupert Batheras    Window to the Risen                mixed media                 $3200

 

  1. Rupert Batheras    After Collingwood                                                         NFS    on loan from Colin Carter President (GFC)

 

  1. Rupert Batheras Rebirth                                      mixed media                 $2500

 

  1. Marg Whyte Wentworth Kangaroos             mixed media                 $450

 

  1. Steve Hederics Memories                                   pastel on cardboard       NFS

 

  1. Yvette Wroby Lenny                                         pastel on paper             $600

 

  1. Paul Harvey The Thinker                               gouache on paper         $3000

 

  1. Paul Harvey The Creation                              oil on board                                                        $5500

 

  1. Yvette Wroby Buddy                                        pastel on paper             $600

 

  1. Jim Pavlidis            Where the Ball Ain’t                 lithograph                     $850

 

  1. John Spooner Goodsie                                      digital print                   $350

 

  1. Jim Pavlidis Ablett Jnr                                  digital print                   $350

 

  1. Vincent Namatjira Iwatja tigers 2015                   etching, aquatint          NFS

 

  1. Martin Tighe Robert Harvey                           oil on board                  NFS

 

  1. Martin Tighe The Meeting                              oil on board                  NFS

 

  1. Susan Sutton Country Footy Training            oil on canvas                $2500

 

  1. Kate Birrell ‘Pub scene after Richmond      oil on canvas                $725                                      beat the Swans  2014’

 

  1. Susan Sutton The Huddle                                oil on canvas                $850

 

  1. Susan Sutton Celebration                                oil on canvas                $850

 

  1. Susan Sutton Blue & White Fever                   oil on canvas                $3600

 

  1. Susan Sutton After The game                         oil on canvas                $3600

 

  1. Kate Birrell Superboot at the Junction       oil on canvas                $725

 

  1. Kate Birrell Verdun at the Juction Oval      oil on cotton duct         $725

 

  1. Kate Birrell Bustling Billy at Punt Road      oil on canvas                $725

 

  1. Anne McMaster       In the Shadows of Lexington  watercolour, pencil        $1200

Series No. VIII

 

  1. Anne McMaster       In the Shadows of Lexington watercolour, pencil        $1200

Series No. III

 

  1. Anne McMaster       In the Shadows of Lexington watercolour, pencil        $1200

Series No. V

 

  1. Barbara Davidson   Grandstand                               etching, collograph       $620

 

 

  1. Barbara Davidson   The Thrill of a Win 3                 etching, collograph       $620

 

  1. Mike Hugo Alberton                                    digital print                   $40

 

  1. 54. Mike Hugo Glenferrie                                  digital print                   $40

 

  1. Mike Hugo Footscray                                   digital print                   $40

 

  1. Clinton Up There Cazaly                        oil on canvas                NFS

 

  1. Susan Sutton Out came the Sherrin               art print on canvas       $560 UF

$860 F

 

  1. Jim Pavlidis Tired & Emotional                     etching                         NFS

 

  1. Demonstration Sport Jumper worn by the team for the 1956 Olympics NFS

 

  1. Mike Hugo Flight to Glory                           art print                        NFS

 

  1. Tim Baulderstone Backyard Dream Machine II                                       $850                                      limestone , ochre and words

 

Sincere thanks to the following sponsors:

 

  • Chan & Naylor
  • JAAG Constructions
  • Tasco Petroleum
  • The Footy Almanac
  • Mildura Solar
  • Prime 7
  • Sunraysia Curtains
  • Maloney Anderson Legal
  • Elders Insurance
  • Peter Crisp, MLA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Some people think football is a matter of life and death, I can tell you, it’s much more serious than that.”

 

 

 

 

 

Intro

 

Football has been part of Australian life for generations.

It’s been part of Harms family life for as long as I can remember. In fact, I can’t remember life without football. So many of my family memories are connected with footy – local footy and VFL and AFL footy.

I am definitely not alone. That so many of us retain our passion for the game and the culture that surrounds the game suggests to me that footy is meaningful – for so many reasons. We find meaning in its elements: the way the game is played, the common purpose of the team, the contest, the mystery of form, the aesthetic of movement, the art of performance, victory and defeat, the sense of place, the responsibility of representing your community, the colour of the jumper, the player, the champion, the coach, victory and triumph, the fanaticism and loyalty of the supporter, the frustration of limitation, the pain of injury, the agony of loss, and so much more.

It is no surprise, then, that serious artists are drawn to footy as a subject – and offer so much in their diverse representation of the game.

I am delighted to offer this introduction to Citrus Bob Utber’s ‘The Art of Football’ exhibition. I picked Citrus Bob (named for wearing lemon slacks with orange) as an enthusiast from the start. A much-loved contributor to the Almanac, he is a man of tremendous energy, and will pop up at the sporting venues of the nation (and the world), pen in hand, ready to tap out a story. It’s always a joy to bump into him. He’s also a Geelong supporter.

He has brought together an eclectic group of artists from across Australia. Their works offer much insight into the game. Their talent is obvious; their passion prevails.

Well done Citrus and all the very best with the exhibition.

Carn the Cats

John Harms

 

John Harms is a writer and historian. His book Loose Men Everywhere is the account of his fascination with footy. His website www.footyalmanac.com.au provides a platform for alternative (and maverick) sports writers. He also loves footy art. Each year he selects a piece of footy art to be the cover of The Footy Almanac, an annual account of each AFL season since 2007. Those art works are on display at the exhibition.

Comments

  1. Ben Footner says:

    Glad to see some of Trent Chaplin’s work got in there Citrus!

  2. Dave Brown says:

    Sounds fantastic! Hope it goes well, Bob.

  3. Well done all.
    Very happy to see Rupert Betheras among the featured artists.
    Great vision and great toil, Citrus.

  4. This was a great idea Bob. Honoured to be a part of it.

  5. Chris Bracher says:

    Bobcat…..nice work fella. Head South with canvas in hand soon. This should be shared with the masses.

  6. I know it is probably a bit late thanking all you guys for your support but honestly it has been fantastic curating the Exhibition. With 22 artists and over 60 exhibits it has gob smacked both the football and the art worlds here in Sunraysia.

    Special thanks to JTH and Colin Carter who gave me that extra inspiration.

    Next week the Exhibition goes on the road to Berri in South Australia and I expect all those Croweaters including Rulebook, Foots , Mike Hugo et al to be there. The exhibition opens in Berri on the 21st September and concludes on October 6th just after the Cats win the premiership.
    Citrus

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