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Title

Untitled study

1999


Artist

Nick Mourtzakis

Australia, Greece

31 Aug 1951 -


About

This drawing is a self-portrait made over a period of a year after the death of the artist’s mother, a time of intense emotional introspection for him. It began as a study for a painting, to examine scale, format and structure. The work extended beyond this very quickly and from an initial intention to spend several hours, the drawing involved me for several months … 'The drawing was made with and without reference to the mirror, in both artificial and natural light.
The work engages the presence of mortality and grief (as well as) continuity …' (Nick Mourtzakis, 2000).

A watercolour – 'Eleni Mourtzakis, the artist’s mother' 1984 – is in the Gallery’s collection (see Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s: from the Gallery’s collection, AGNSW, Sydney, 1995, p 107).

This work won the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 2000 and was acquired by the Gallery in 2000.


Details


Place where the work was made

Melbourne Victoria Australia


Date

1999


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil, conté, white chalk on two joined sheets of brown paper


Dimensions

102.0 x 75.5 cm sheet, overall; 125.5 x 96.0 x 6.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., pencil "NICK MOURTZAKIS/ 1999".


Credit

Gift of the Trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

119.2000


Dobell Prize for Drawing (discontinued)

Winner - 2000


Artist information

Nick Mourtzakis

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Melbourne

Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Megan Backhouse, The Age, ‘The secret artist’, pg. 3, Melbourne, 13 May 2000, 96 (colour illus.).

Elizabeth Cross, Look, 'Nick Mourtzakis', pg. 18-23, Sydney, May 2007, 18 (colour illus.).

Elizabeth Fortescue, The Daily Telegraph, ‘Drawing from the migrant experience’, pg. 106, Sydney, 31 Mar 2000, 106 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing, ‘Introduction’, pg. 6-14, Sydney, 2012, 7, 34, 35 (colour illus.), 60.

Hendrik Kolenberg, The Dobell Prize for Drawing: 1993-2004, ‘Introduction: the first ten years’, pg. 8-9, Sydney, 2004, 9, 30, 31 (colour illus.), 50, 53.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'A fine harvest of drawings: legacy of an exceptional draughtsman', pg. 28-31, Sydney, Nov 2011, 30.