Drawing is central to the art of Francis Lymburner, a key aspect of his reputation as an artist from the earliest days of his career to the present. It is also inextricably bound with his painting. Drawing was Lymburner's way of expressing his experience of the visible world; he drew quickly, compulsively and with a sense of inquiry, both in sketchbooks and on a larger scale in the studio.
Born in Brisbane in 1916, Lymburner spent twelve impoverished years in England seeking to escape what he perceived as the "provincialism" of Australia, but, perhaps ironically, his greatest recognition as an artist came during his time in Sydney between 1939-52. After his return to Sydney from London in 1964, he worked for only two more short years before a debilitating stroke left him unable to paint.
This drawing is among a number of industrial landscapes he made in 1961-62 based on subjects drawn in sketchbooks on visits to Wales. The expressive, painterly application of ink wash over pen and ink lines is typical of many of his late drawings, as was his studied exploration of a subject through a number of works.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004
pen, brush and black ink, wash
44.2 x 57.0 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
© Francis Lymburner Estate
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Francis Lymburner Retrospective:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 04 Apr 1992–24 May 1992
- Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle 12 Jun 1992–12 Jul 1992
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 28 Jul 1992–13 Sep 1992
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 26 Sep 1992–22 Nov 1992
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst 04 Dec 1992–31 Jan 1993
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998