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North of Capricorn exhibition opening

Organiser: Phil Bayly
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Join Phil Bayly and Glen O’Malley for the opening of their joint exhibition North of Capricorn.


North of Capricorn

These individual photos are not a collaboration.
But the work runs parallel.
Within this we explore our deep personal relationship apparent in images we have recorded over time.
They are recorded between the Tropic of Capricorn to the Equator.
The heat and the humidity in this part of the world, for both of us, make it sensual, crazy, wild, and unpredictable.
In the tropics we find disorientation and reorientation.
We both look for those obscure, very ordinary moments of seeming chaos, which eventually reveal their tropical order.
“The disorientation and reorientation which comes with the initiation into any mystery is the most wonderful experience which is possible to have.”
― Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn

Sydney based artist Phil Bayly has been practising and exhibiting his work since the mid-’70s. Born originally in South Australia he has travelled extensively throughout the South Pacific, Mexico, Europe and Asia for the last 40 years.
His work is in collections across Europe, he has been exhibited in major photo festivals in Japan, Greece and Australia, including AMSTERDAM PHOTO 86, RAGE TO SEE, Sydney 1996, PHOTO SYNKRIA 98, Greece, Mt. ROKKO INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL 2017, Kobe Japan, THESOLONIKI PHOTO BIENNALE 2018 Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art-Thessaloniki Greece.

He has had various commissions with Cairns regional Art Gallery and was Vice-Chair of ‘Kick Arts’ a contemporary artist collective of Far North Queensland for a number of years.

He is currently working on self-publishing artist books and other personal projects in Sydney.

Glen O’Malley now lives in North Queensland. With a history of forty-eight years of exhibition in art galleries, he is Queensland’s longest exhibiting photographer.

O’Malley first exhibited, in 1975, in a two-person show at Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane, and at the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. He has regularly exhibited nationally and internationally. He has had over forty solo exhibitions in Australia and has shown in over 175 group exhibitions. In 2019/20 Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville, showed a large, retrospective exhibition of his career, WHAT IS A DREAM?

His current work has a surreal edge but is built on a strong basis of documentary photography. Landscape and environment are as important as people in his work.

He has also worked collaboratively with other artists, produced artist books and multimedia events. In the nineties, he was a member of nervous objects, an Australian collective that did pioneering work in online performance. His artist book, WALKING WOOPEN CREEK, has recently been purchased by the State Library of Queensland and is a finalist in the 2022 Libris Awards.

He is represented in many public and private collections including the Australian National Gallery.

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