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Title

Scribble rock pomegranates (diptych)


Artist

Janet Dawson

Australia

1935 -


About

Drawing has always been central to Janet Dawson's oeuvre. An influential figure in Australian abstraction in the 1960s, her work was included in the NGV's landmark exhibition 'The field' in 1968. However her work became more figurative in the early 1970s, with a close focus upon drawing the natural world - plants, animals and landscape, which reflected the life she and her husband Michael Boddy lead as organic farmers in rural NSW. 'Scribble rock' is the name of their property near Binalong.

'Scribble rock pomegranates' is a joyous and lyrical study of pomegranates scattered casually on a table. The pastel expressively evokes the fleshy shapes and glossy seeds of the fruit, contrasted with the thick newspapers and plastic bags that contained them. Dawson's interest in the metaphorical aspects of still life are expressed in the images of the fruit at various stages of their life cycle.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1999


Details


Place where the work was made

Binalong New South Wales Australia


Date

1999


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

diptych: pastel on paper


Dimensions

32.5 x 79.5 cm sight; 56.8 x 120.5 x 4.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Janet Dawson 1999".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Arthur Boyd Acquisition Fund 1999


Location

Not on display


Accession number

136.1999


Artist information

Janet Dawson

Works in the collection

12


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Gary Cantalano, Art and Australia (Vol. 34, No. 3), "A natural history: an interview with Janet Dawson", pg. 332-341, Roseville, Jan 1997-Mar 1997, 332 - 341. Note that this is a general reference of the works of Dawson and does not directly refer to this drawing.