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Exhibition dates: May 13 – 31, 2021
Official opening: Sun May 16, 3 – 5pm

“Having an exhibition with Leigh is quite special for me.”
– Jim Pavlidis

– Leigh Hobbs

The characters of Leigh Hobbs adorn the pages of Australia’s favourite picture books, and the cartoons of Jim Pavlidis have become a part of the great Australian weekend newspaper reading ritual, but seldom are their works presented outside of these contexts.

For the first time, friends and fellow artists, Leigh Hobbs and Jim Pavlidis come together to share their drawings, paintings and prints in an exhibition that shines a light on the preoccupation that both artists share with the ‘touch’ of the painting; that blurry, soft, almost ethereal detail that, in the words of Pavlidis, means each and every one of their paintings “sits just right”.

Leigh works across a wide range of mediums. His ceramics, sculptures, drawings, paintings and prints are in the collections of The National Gallery of Victoria, State Libraries of Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, and The Australian National Library, as well as The Powerhouse Museum and a number of regional Galleries.

Leigh was Australian Children’s Laureate in 2016/17 and was honoured with his own Australia Post ‘Australian Legend’ stamp in 2019.
He is fascinated by ‘character and atmosphere’.

Jim Pavlidis is a Melbourne born artist and printmaker who has held over 20 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions, both in Australia and abroad.

His work has been recognised through the receipt of several fellowships including a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship (2010) and Churchill Fellowship (2015). In 2015 Jim was the winner of the Rick Amor Print Prize.

Jim’s work is held in the collections of the State Library of Victoria, Deakin University, Monash University, the University of Melbourne, National Gallery of Australia, State Library of Queensland, State Library of New South Wales, National Library of Australia, Museum of Sport, Geelong Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum in London as well as in many private collections.

The exhibition aligns with the Queenscliffe Literary Festival so a great time for literature lovers to visit Queenscliff. Leigh will arrive at QG prior to the public exhibition opening for book signings. Please register your interest to meet Leigh for a book signing

Exhibition Preview
Jim in the Studio
Leigh in the Studio


May 13 10:00 am
May 31 5:00 pm
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Queenscliff Gallery
81 Hesse Street
Queenscliff, VIC 3225 Australia
03 4202 0942
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