This collection has been assembled by Max Dingle and Gavin Hughes over a period of nearly fifty years and as a whole reflects the personalities of the two people and, considering purchases have been made individually and jointly, shows a remarkably consistent curatorial vision.
What we have collected can be divided into two main sections:
- THE COLLECTION - Art works that reasonably fit into a number of thematic strands within the collection; a strong representation of art made by Australian women artists, a leaning toward “black and white” and “less is more” and it could be argued there are elements of a number of artistic movements ranging from colour field through optical, minimalism, constructivism, suprematism, and hard edge, but in the main, linear abstraction and abstract expressionism are the main focus.
- THE ARCHIVE - Art works, books, catalogues, ephemera and materials that inform the themed collection.
A sub category of the Archive are the art works, gifts, decorative and utilitarian objects, and materials of a personal nature. These are grouped under a personal / collectables heading.
THE BEQUEST - The Collection, including the Archive, was bequested to the City of Shoalhaven to form a part of the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery Collection held at the City Arts Centre, via a formal Deed of Agreement that was drawn up and signed on 27 June 2008.
Finally for those searching for a particular artist, all artists are listed under THE ARTISTS alphabetically by surname.