(Australia 23 Jun 1891–19 Nov 1973)
14.1 x 19.1cm blockmark; 18.4 x 21.9cm sheet (irreg.)
Adelaide Perry was born at Beechworth, Victoria and had some early private art tuition in Dunedin, New Zealand before studying at the National Gallery School, Melbourne in 1914, where she won the 1919 Travelling Scholarship. She did not travel abroad until 1922, when she studied at the Royal Academy Schools, London from 1922-25 under Charles Sims, Gerald Kelly, Walter Sickert and Ernest Jackson. She also visited and exhibited in France at this time, but it was English painting that had the most influence on her. Upon her return to Australia she settled in Sydney. She opened her own studio and school, The Chelsea Art School in 1926 which lasted at least twenty years. She taught drawing at Julian Ashton's Sydney Art School 1930-33 and also taught at the Presbyterian Ladies' College in suburban Croydon.
She produced her first known linocuts 'Hairbrush and mirror' and 'Potts Point' in 1925. These encouraged simplification of form and colour in keeping with her modernist compositions (she was a foundation member of the Contemporary Group in 1926). She taught linocut printmaking to a number of other artists, including Vera Blackburn and Lisette Kohlhagen, and was largely responsible (with Thea Proctor and Margaret Preston) for the popularity of linocuts at the time.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998
Helen Campbell (Australia) (Author), Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, Sydney, 2010, 9 (colour illus.).
'Australian Prints from the Collection 139 of the best' by Hendrik Kolenberg, pg. 26-27., Look Nov 1998, Nov 1998, 27 (illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Anne Ryan (Australia) (Author), Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 70 (illus.). cat.no. 59
Roger Butler (Australia, b.1948) (Author), Sydney by design: wood and linoblock prints by Sydney women artists between the wars, Canberra, 1995, 35 (illus.), 48. Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
Sam Neill (Australia; New Zealand, b.1947) (Author), Celebrity choice: Sam Neill, Domain, 1987, (illus.). no catalogue numbers; not paginated; work dated c.1929; dimensions: 14.2 x 19.3cm
Josef Lebovic (Australia) (Author), Masterpieces of Australian printmaking, Paddington, 1987, 98, 99 (illus.). cat.no. 138; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.
Anna Waldmann (Australia) (Author), Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Domain, 1982. no catalogue numbers; not paginated
Roger Butler (Australia, b.1948) (Author), Chris Deutscher (Australia) (Author), A survey of Australian relief prints 1900/1950, Armadale, 1978, 35 (illus.). cat.no. 57; Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
Project 39 - Women's Imprint (1982), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 01 Oct 1982–31 Oct 1982.
Celebrity Choice - Sam Neill, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 08 Jan 1987–08 Feb 1987.
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999.
Australian Collection Focus: Colour, Rhythm, Design - wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 12 Mar 2010–11 Jul 2010.