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An image of Canine capers III by Robert Rooney

Robert Rooney

(Australia 24 Sep 1937 – )

Canine capers III
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

152.4 x 152.4 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Signed and dated verso on canvas, red fibre-tipped pen "ROBERT ROONEY/ ... 1969/ ...".
Purchased 1975
Accession number
© Robert Rooney
Not on display
Further information

This painting was created using a mechanical process that aimed to eliminate the subjective decision-making of the artist. In a celebration of the mundane, the title of the work and its means of creation were inspired by the back of a breakfast cereal packet. Rooney created a stencil from a shape printed on the packaging, which he then applied to the canvas in a repeated pattern. The colours were chance selections from house-paint colour charts.

Rooney’s work was included in 'The field' exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1968. Although his work employs the visual vocabulary of colour-field painting, it is in fact closer in intent to pop and conceptual art.

Bibliography (4)

Gary Catalano, Building a picture: interviews with Australian artists, 'The view from the suburbs', pg. 52-53, Roseville, 2000, 71 (colour illus.). Interview between Gary Catalano and Robert Rooney.

Robert Lindsay., Project 8: Robert Rooney, 'Notes on Robert Rooney', Sydney, 1975, not paginated. 6

Michael Wardell, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Ideas and actions', pg.60-107, Sydney, 2006, 92 (colour illus.).

Natalie Wilson, Tackling THE FIELD, 'Tackling The Field', pg. 1-29, Sydney, 2009, 7 (colour illus.), 25. NOTE: This work was hung in an adjoining room for the duration of the 'Tackling THE FIELD' collection focus display.

Exhibition history (3)

Project 8 - Robert Rooney (1975), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Oct 1975–09 Nov 1975

Robert Rooney survey exhibition (1978), National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne, 10 Jun 1978–16 Jul 1978

Hard Edge, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Aug 1999–24 Oct 1999