Sunday Arts Magazine

17 Oct 2022

Anthony Breslin – Melange

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Anthony Breslin – Melange

Anthony Breslin presents ‘Melange’ at Burrinja: the iconic Melbourne artist emerges from an illness-induced “coma”
to present a solo show that celebrates life.
In a momentous ‘tour de force’ artist Anthony Breslin will present his first major show in over a decade, ‘Melange’,
at Burrinja Cultural Centre opening in Upwey on October 15th, 2022. He refers to his recovery from over eight years
of illness as similar to emerging from a “coma” having overcome crippling health challenges, including bone marrow
and kidney transplants, over that period.
Breslin’s extraordinarily courageous return brings a celebration of life and colour, embodied in new artistic
explorations that will leave young and old spellbound. “I want ‘Melange’ to be an all-encompassing, theatrical
encounter for the audience, drawing on my past theatre production creations,” said Breslin. “The exhibition plays
with the gallery space to provoke people’s imaginations as they experience the works, walking around them to
explore and engage with them physically.”
‘Melange’ will merge together never before exhibited early surrealist compositions with an extensive number of
new works, including artistic collaborations, mixed media paintings, animation, art installations and interactive ‘art
games’; playfully inviting viewers to immerse themselves as they explore this extraordinary melange of colour, form
and composition.
“It is a real honour to present an exhibition with new and old works by Anthony Breslin,” said J.D. Mittmann,
Burrinja’s Curator and Manager of Collections. “He is a much loved artist and a real institution in Melbourne. His
vibrant public works can be found in a number of inner city suburbs. Despite serious health issues in recent times, he
has been working undeterred towards this major exhibition, which will be distinctively Breslin: joyful, colourful,
playful, interactive – something for all generations.”


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