Drawing and power of mark-making are foundations of Salvatore Zofrea’s artistic practice

Northern Beaches

THE DRAWN LINE: Drawing and the power of mark-making are the foundations of Salvatore Zofrea’s artistic

practice. This new exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum from 2 September – 16 October explores the underlying narrative of Zofrea’s personal journey from Italy to being inspired by the Australian landscape.

Salvatore Zofrea Tomato harvest undated ink and pencil on paper 60 x 100cm approx. Collection of the Consulate General of Italy in Sydney.

Celebrating Zofrea’s 75th year, the exhibition traces his artistic development through drawing; from his early sketches to preliminary drawings for woodblock prints, psalm paintings, frescoes, stained-glass windows up until his most recent Circle series of multi-panelled paintings. Presented by Manly Art Gallery & Museum in partnership with Orange Regional Gallery, Salvatore Zofrea’s exhibition The Drawn Line is bringing the artist’s exquisite line in the form of drawings and preparatory studies to audiences.

Fresh from being exhibited at Orange Regional Gallery in December 2021, The Drawn Line provides Sydney-siders with the chance to see the masterful line of this artist who has won many art prizes throughout his career.

An Italian emigre who made the Northern Beaches his home from the age of 9, Salvatore Zofrea has been a finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes on numerous occasions, winning the Sulman Prize in 1977, 1979, and 1982. His most recent entry to the Archibald saw him become a finalist with a portrait of Sally Dowling SC. Sally Dowling is a senior counsel of the NSW Bar Association and a deputy senior crown prosecutor.

“I painted Sally because she is a striking young woman who has strived and achieved in her legal career. I have known Sally since she was ten years old, when I met her mother, my partner Stephanie Claire,” said Salvatore Zofrea.

Sharing the gallery with Louise Whelan’s Portrait of a House and Manly by Ferry, Zofrea’s exhibition The Drawn Line will bring much joy to fans of his work.

Exhibition Dates: The Drawn Line 2 Sept – 16 Oct 2022

Manly Art Gallery & Museum

1 West Esplanade

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