‘Mother and Child’ by G. W. Bot

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‘Mother and Child’ by G. W. Bot


Art, child, Christ, devotional, exhibition, G. W. Bot, icon, infant Jesus, Madonna, Mary, medieval painters, Mother, Mother and Child, religious art, spirituality, Virgin Mary.


This linocut print, Mother and Child (1985), by artist G. W. Bot depicts a Madonna and child scene in which the frame is occupied almost exclusively by a Virgin Mary figure holding a child. Although held by a private collector, the piece was exhibited in a number of regional Australian art galleries between 2010 and 2013 as part of a touring exhibition of G. W. Bot’s work – The Long Paddock: A 30 Year Survey – developed by the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and curated by Peter Haynes. Bot’s inspiration for this work derives from the status of the Madonna and Child as a powerful Christian icon, especially in medieval religious art. During an interview conducted for the educational resource kit accompanying the exhibition, G. W Bot acknowledged this medieval influence: ‘I’ve also found inspiration in the medieval icon painters – I’ve always been fascinated by the question of how to encode spirituality in the visual arts’ (see: http://www.grag.com.au/userfiles/file/GW%20BOT%20Education%20Kit.pdf).

For more on this artwork and other works featured in the exhibition, see the Exhibition Catalogue at: http://www.grag.com.au/userfiles/file/4569%20GW%20BOT%20-%20Catalogue_v12.pdf


G. W. Bot (Chrissy Gishkin)


The Long Paddock: A 30 Year Survey Exhibition (http://www.grag.com.au/site/exhibition.php?id=3)




Goulburn Regional Art Gallery


Linocut on BFK Paper, 62cm x 55.5cm

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