ROY JACKSON & MICHAEL BUZACOTT – 'HEADS & FIGURES'


Defiance Gallery presents Roy Jackson and Michael Buzacott at Yellow House Sydney

Heads & Figures brings together the work of two senior and well respected Australian artists. Although they work in different media, Buzacott and Jackson both approach the human body in a similar manner. Both artists believe in a spontaneous, intuitive process, and explore and challenge the possibilities of representation and abstraction. These works are not straight portraits or depictions of figures but vehicles for a number of varied influences and ideas.

Roy Jackson is one of Australia’s most distinctive painters. Each work seems infused with energy and the process of the artist becomes tangible as you trace the movement of his materials over the canvas. Jackson was born in England in 1944 and died in Wedderburn, NSW in 2013. A survey of his works is currently touring the country, and his work is part of the permanent collections of Artbank, the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Michael Buzacott is an inventive and idiosyncratic steel sculptor, approaching the tradition of cubist sculpture in a fresh way. He was born in Sydney in 1950, and studied at the National Art School between 1969 and 1973. Buzacott has been included in a number of important group exhibitions in Australia and overseas, such as the third Sculpture Triennial at Heide Park and Art Gallery; Sculptors in Saitama, Japan; and the Mildura Sculpture Triennial in 1982. Recently his work was presented in a forty year survey exhibition, curated by Terrance Maloon and displayed at the Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra.