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An image of Saplings, Wedderburn by Fred Williams

Fred Williams

(Australia, England 23 Jan 1927 – 22 Apr 1982)

Saplings, Wedderburn
Media category
Materials used
gouache on ivory Arches paper

79.2 x 58.3 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Signed l.l., pen and black ink "Fred Williams.". Not dated.
Ruth Komon Bequest in memory of Rudy Komon 2004
Accession number
© Estate of Fred Williams
Not on display
Further information

In 1970, Fred Williams began using a new format composed of strips that grew out of his observation of the landscape in relation to the horizon. The strip format developed from a series of gouaches painted from the 24th floor of the AMP tower in Bourke Street, Melbourne, which afforded him a new angle on the landscape. He was to use this device frequently from that time on, especially when painting coastal subjects.

'Saplings, Wedderburn' was painted while Williams was staying with his friend and fellow artist, Ian Armstrong. It is one of the very few strip gouaches made on a vertically oriented sheet.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

Bibliography (1)

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Celebrating Fred Williams', pg. 24-25, Newtown, Nov 2004, 25 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Australian Collection Focus: Fred Williams gouaches, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Mar 2005–01 May 2005