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An image of Brazil no 3 by David Aspden

David Aspden

(Australia, England 01 May 1935 – 26 Jun 2005)

Brazil no 3
Other titles:
Brazil Series No.3
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

267.0 x 240.0 cm stretcher; 271.0 x 244.5 x 4.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 1985
Accession number
© Karen Aspden
Not on display
Further information

This painting was exhibited at the 1971 Bienal Internacional de São Paulo in Brazil, where David Aspden (and Gunter Christmann) represented Australia. Aspden was awarded a gold medal for his body of work, which became known as the 'Brazil' series. With its grand-scale celebration of joyous colour, this series coincided with Aspden’s growing artistic maturity. A key aspect of this was the freeform jigsaw shape that he introduced in order to explore the relationship between colour and space. For Aspden, painting was as much a process as the creation of an all-encompassing colour environment.

Bibliography (11)

Noel Hutchison, Art and Australia, 'The dynamiting of the picture - David Aspden's paintings', pp. 224-233, Sydney, Dec 1971, 224 (col. illus.), 233. Illustrated and referred to as 'Untitled' 1971.

Dr Gertrude Langer, The Courier Mail, 'Splendid paintings in St. John's Cathedral', pg. 20, Bowen Hills, 29 Sep 1979, 20.

Patrick McCaughey., Ten Australians: Europe 1974/1975, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, 'The Australian experience', Melbourne, 1975, (illus.). 1; titled 'Brazil Series No.3'; Lent by David Aspden, Sydney; dated 1971; not paginated

Patrick McCaughey, David Aspden paintings 1971-75, Melbourne, 1976.

John McDonald, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Harmonious effects', pg. 14-15, Sydney, 13 Aug 2011-14 Aug 2011, 14, 15 (colour illus.). Article appears in 'Spectrum' supplement

David Ranklin., Sunday Australian, 'A showcase for the world's art', Surry Hills, 19 Dec 1971. Refers to the winning prize, not specifically this work.

Robert Raymond, 52 views of Rudy Komon, Sydney, 1999, 164.

Rudy Komon Art Gallery, David Aspden, Sydney, 1971. 3

Anne Ryan, David Aspden: the colour of music and place, 'David Aspden: the colour of music and place', pg. 6-11, Sydney, 2011, cover (colour illus., detail), 9, 16 (caption), 17 (colour illus.), 81, 88.

Terry Smith, Australia: XI Bienal de São Paulo 1971: Gunter Christmann, David Aspden, 'David Aspden', n.pag., Canberra, 1971, n.pag. (colour illus.).

St John's Cathedral, Brisbane, David Aspden, Brisbane, 1971, 3 (illus.). 1

Exhibition history (4)

David Aspden (1971), Rudy Komon Art Gallery, Woollahra, 09 Jun 1971–23 Jun 1971

Ten Australians (1974-6), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Dec 1975–04 Jan 1976

David Aspden: paintings 1971-75 (1976), Monash University Gallery, Clayton, 07 Sep 1976–04 Oct 1976

David Aspden (1979), St John's Cathedral, Brisbane, Brisbane, 21 Sep 1979 -