“IN MARCH 1977, THE NEWCASTLE ART GALLERY OFFICIALLY OPENED TO THE PUBLIC AS ONE OF THE FIRST PURPOSE BUILT, CONTEMPORARY, REGIONAL ART GALLERIES IN AUSTRALIA. ON THE 1ST OF SEPTEMBER THAT SAME YEAR, THE EXHIBITION GHOST WHO WALKS NEVER CAN DIE WAS HELD, A CELEBRATION OF POP ART INSPIRED BY THE LONG RUNNING PHANTOM COMICS. IN 2017, THE GALLERY'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GHOST WHO WALKS RETURNS TO NEWCASTLE AS THE PHANTOM SHOW, CURATED BY PETER KINGSTON AND DIETMAR LEDERWASCH.” NAG.ORG.AU/EXHIBITIONS/FUTURE/THE-PHANTOM-SHOW
Inspired by the ghost’s return, we caught up with Graham Wilson, Aleta Lederwasch, Lezlie Tilley, Michael Bell, John Morris, Peter Tilley and Dietmar Lederwasch ahead of the exhibition to find out and share with you a little bit about them.
Tell me a little bit about yourself Dietmar...
Dietmar: Father of three angels, Aleta, Gabrielle and Louis with a wife Julia who nurtures my artistic pursuances with an amazing generosity. Without her support, the Phantom show would not exist. I have a memorabilia, comic, movie poster shop Hunters 4 Collectors at 815 Hunter St. I collect comics. movie posters, Beatles Memorabilia, Original Art etc.
How long have you been an artist?
D: I believe you are born an artist and die as one. Unfortunately, not all artists get the opportunity to ever practise their Art.
Can you describe your style?
D: No, I don’t have a set style, everything I do is an honest response to what I’m trying to capture. I never know where that will lead me.
Have you got a special connection to the Phantom exhibition coming to Newcastle Art Gallery?
D: Yes, I am co-curator of the Phantom Show alongside Peter Kingston. We have been working on this travelling show for 4 years. The Newcastle exhibition will be the largest original fine art Phantom show ever with over 200 pieces and a memorabilia display. Two of the exclusive highlights for Newcastle will be original hand typed scripts with drawings by Lee Falk author of the Phantom. Secondly, it will be the first time that a painting by American movie poster artist Drew Struzan will be displayed. This has been shipped out especially for the Newcastle exhibition.
Who are your favourite Novocastrian artists?
D: My two favourite Newcastle Artists are William Dobell and Aleta Lederwasch, both have a sensitivity, innocence and mastery of form resulting in pieces of real Beauty without being sentimental.
D: Next will be the third set of Phantom lino prints entitled the “Classic Images Suite”. The difficulty with this is the abundance of possibilities. Ray Moore and Wilson McCoy have left us with hundreds of panels suitable for reinterpretation in other forms. Selection will be the most difficult aspect. I’d also like to explore portraiture starting with my family.
THE PHANTOM SHOW is at the NEWCASTLE ART GALLERY FROM JUNE 10 - AUGUST 20 2017.