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An image of Canal Street by David Aspden

David Aspden

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

Canal Street
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

241.0 x 168.0 cm stretcher; 244.5 x 172.0 x 4.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.r. verso, red (oil?) "... ASPDEN 80".
Purchased 1981
Accession number
© Karen Aspden
Not on display
Further information

Aspden spent much of 1980 in the United States, including a residency at the Australia Council’s Greene Street Studio in New York. The year, with its new and diverse visual and intellectual stimuli, was a regenerative experience and resulted in a marked change in Aspden’s work, with the compression of forms into the foreground of the canvas, a darkening of his palette and a return to oil paint after many years of favouring acrylic. The dense urban environment of Manhattan, and especially the rooftops of buildings, was a direct stimulus for this painting and the related Ali’s bar (New York).

Bibliography (7)

Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Mosaic and figure', pg. 213-214, Sydney, 2000, 237 (colour illus.), 300.

Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 14, 45 (colour illus.). 5

Jeffrey Makin., Sun, 'Outback at its best', Sydney, 18 Mar 1981.

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

Anne Ryan, David Aspden: the colour of music and place, 'David Aspden: the colour of music and place', pg. 6-11, Sydney, 2011, 9, 10, 50 (caption), 51 (colour illus.), 82, 88.

Project 41 - the mosaic, the grid, Sydney, 1983, 3. 18

David Aspden, Melbourne, 1981, cover (colour illus.). 15

Exhibition history (4)

David Aspden (1981), Realities Gallery, 02 Mar 1981–20 Mar 1981

Project 41: The mosaic -The grid (1983), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Mar 1983–24 Apr 1983

Two centuries of Australian painting, a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Orange Regional Gallery, Australia, 19 Apr 1986–15 Jun 1986

Australian abstraction 1965-1985: from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Dec 2006–25 Jan 2007