Warragul Artwork Arrives Home

Published on 09 August 2017

Media Release

Baw Baw Shire Council has welcomed the arrival of the recently purchased artwork piece ‘Warragul’ which has been hand delivered by the late artist Kenneth Jack’s son David Jack.

The piece which depicts Warragul’s CBD was delivered to the Warragul Library on Monday 7 August, moved from its existing location on display at a retrospective exhibition of the late artist's work at the Sale Regional Art Gallery.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci met with Mr Jack at the Warragul Library to formally hand over the piece.

“It was an honour to meet Mr Jack and pay respect to his late father’s incredible talent. We feel very fortunate to be able to bring this piece of Warragul’s history back home to share with our community”, said the Mayor.

Photo Cultural Development Officer Karen Whitaker-Taylor, David Jack (son of the late artist Kenneth Jack), Baw Baw Shire Council Mayor Joe Gauci and Principal Librarian Kathie Olden standing next to the painting 'Warragul' by Kenneth Jack

Image: (L-R) Baw Baw Shire Council Cultural Development Officer Karen Whitaker-Taylor, Late Artist Kenneth Jack’s son David Jack, Baw Baw Shire Mayor Joe Gauci and Baw Baw Principal Librarian Kathie Olden. 

The late artist Kenneth Jack (1924—2006) was renowned for intricate images of Australian cities, outback towns and vast panoramic views. During his career as an artist Mr Jack travelled extensively and spent time in Gippsland during the 1950’s where his work included the acquired piece ‘Warragul’ which was created in 1956.

The piece will temporarily remain at the Warragul Library for the public to view. The artworks eventual home will be at the West Gippsland Arts Centre after the building’s upgrade is complete in mid-2018.

Baw Baw Shire Council approved the acquisition of the piece on 26 July 2017 upon recommendation from the Arts and Cultural Committee.

Painting 'Warrigal' by Kenneth Jack, oil and canvas on board