Darkness Within: Weird and eerie works from the Collections

Saturday, 21 November, 2020 to Sunday, 14 March, 2021

Lionel LINDSAY 1874-1961 | Night heron 1935 | wood engraving | unnumbered impression | edition of 100 | 13.2 x 13.2cm | Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection 298 | © National Library of Australia 

Lionel Lindsay once wrote that ‘my vagrant melancholy was haunted’ by the mysterious, morose and grotesque worlds of Gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe. Lindsay’s wood engravings tended to project his inner darkness, his fears and torments, and his dread of his times. While answering to our uncertain ‘new normal’, this selection of pre-COVID-19-era works shows that it is not unprecedented for visual art to express states of tension and depression, unease and weirdness. Featuring works by Lindsay and other Australian artists, including Peter Booth, Margery Edwards, James Gleeson and Anne Wallace.