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Title

Mort Bay


Artist

David Aspden

Australia, England

01 May 1935 - 26 Jun 2005


About

At the time this work was made, Aspden was living in Balmain, from which the title Mort Bay is taken. A visit to northern India in 1982 brought a new freedom of approach to his work, resulting in strongly gestural paintings of free-form shapes in exuberant colours. Black (which Aspden regarded as a colour) and cream were introduced as a new counterpoint – connected in part to the fire-blackened trees of Arnhem Land and the burning ghats he had witnessed in India.

At around this time Aspden began using as his monogram a small triangle, derived from the characteristic roof-front shape of the Haus Tambaran – a type of traditional ancestral worship house that he encountered in Papua New Guinea in 1981.


Details


Date

(1984)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

156.5 x 115.0 cm stretcher; 160.2 x 118.6 x 6.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the H.G. Slater Foundation 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

102.1984


Artist information

David Aspden

Works in the collection

70


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Anne Ryan, David Aspden: the colour of music and place, 'David Aspden: the colour of music and place', pg. 6-11, Sydney, 2011, 9, 59 (colour illus.), 83, 88. pg. 9 reference refers to Balmain, which is where Mort Bay is located.