Take a trip to the Maldives through the art of prominent Queensland artist Roland Nancarrow.

This stunning exhibition features a vibrant selection of watercolour works on paper, acrylics on canvas and hand painted sculptural wall works inspired by a series of trips and residencies in the Maldives.

The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. A popular tourist destination known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. 

Traditionally the island communities were very close-knit and despite the advent of tourism in the 1970’s and accelerated modernisation, this togetherness is still prevailing, with many cultural traditions and practices remaining. The greatest challenge for the nation is the impact of climate change and rising sea levels.

Roland first travelled to the Maldives in 2016 and has since spent time on three islands as artist-in-residence at Reethi Rah, Niyama Private Islands and Kanifushi. 

This exhibition captures the essence of the picturesque Maldives seen through the eyes of an artist renowned for his visual expression of the gardens, forests and wildlife of tropical Australia.

The compositions include a mix of contrasting stark whites of the sand and heavy palm shadows, the organic shapes of plants and corals, the radiant colours of flowers and bird life against the wide twilight sky, and the flowing rhythms of the ocean and swaying cane.

The exhibition of 55 paintings and 15 sculptural wall works offers a vibrant view of the natural beauty of another part of our world and a chance to consider aspects that connect our experience of island life with that of the Maldives.   

Dates: From 20th July

Hours: 10.00am to 3.00pm, Monday to Saturday