FINE ART: Local artist Bonney Bombach with one of her works titled Songs of Hope and Trepidation that will be a part of anexhibition at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville from Friday, August 16.
FINE ART: Local artist Bonney Bombach with one of her works titled Songs of Hope and Trepidation that will be a part of anexhibition at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville from Friday, August 16. Contributed

Exhibition of love, loss and hope

HYDEAWAY Bay artist Bonney Bombach has been selected to launch a major survey exhibition showcasing over 20 years of work at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville from Friday, August 16.

Ms Bombach's exhibition The Personal and The Political: Selected works 1990-2012 includes a number of stunning installations and multiple panel works including the recent Memento Mori: Tree of Life which was first shown at Artspace Mackay in 2011.

It features family treasures, books, photographs, letters and various memorabilia from salvaged memories of her family home.

Ms Bombach's work has been exhibiting nationally since 1978, and is linked to her personal experiences growing up as a second generation Australian of European Jewish heritage.

She describes the Memento Mori works as emerging from the intense and poignant year following the death of her mother, four years after her father had passed away.

Her father, a professional photographer and her mother, a linguist with a PhD in German literature, were both refugees from Vienna in 1938.

Ms Bombach said the exhibition was developed over 18 months and was the first time her political statement pieces had been exhibited in Queensland.

Gallery services manager at the gallery in Townsville, Shane Fitzgerald, said the exhibition was timely recognition for a skilled and dedicated Queensland-based artist.

"She has consistently explored and exposed universally important issues and events as part of a sustained investigation of human rights," he said.

The exhibition will be opened by art consultant, curator and writer Anne Kirker at 7pm, with an artist talk by Ms Bombach at 7.30pm.

Ms Bombach will be holding a separate artist talk through the gallery on Saturday, September 14 from 12-1pm.

The exhibition in Townsville will draw to a close on October 6.


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