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Title

Spangle


Artist

Lesley Dumbrell

Australia

14 Oct 1941 -


About

Following a strong, figurative training at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Lesley Dumbrell began teaching there in 1966, and met the American colour-field painter, James Doolin. Through Doolin she was introduced to the new medium of acrylic paint. During this period, Dumbrell also began her investigations into the work of Bridget Riley and Raphael de Soto, key members of the international Op Art movement of the 1960s.

In 'Spangle', Dumbrell incorporates the retinal effects of Op Art – the dazzle and afterimages produced by geometric pattern and contrasting colour. The surface is criss-crossed with lines of varying but standard lengths, laid out with mathematical precision to create difficult but decipherable rhythms and a near-moiré dazzle from the intersection of the angled grids of dots and dashes – a chromatic ‘Morse code’.


Details


Date

1977


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

149.0 x 210.0 cm stretcher; 153.0 x 214.0 x 2.6 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated centre stretcher member, green marker "...1977/ L. DUMBRELL..." and verso, red oil "L. Dumbrell. 1977/...".


Credit

Purchased 1979


Location

Not on display


Accession number

2.1979


Artist information

Lesley Dumbrell

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Michael Desmond, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Abstraction', pg.16-59, Sydney, 2006, 30, 31 (colour illus.).

Project 41 - the mosaic, the grid, Sydney, 1983. cat.no. 17