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Title

Australian landscape II


Artist

Fred Williams

Australia, England

23 Jan 1927 - 22 Apr 1982


About

Fred Williams made a number of gouaches while on holiday at Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula in January 1969, which were a radical departure from his previous work. In the 'Australian landscape' series Williams experimented with a new, minimal approach, using masking tape to create a clearly defined area on the surface in which to paint. This formal device evoked a sense of the vastness of the landscape, and led to the later 'strip' gouaches, some of which are on display here. The 'Australian landscape' series also had parallels with contemporary developments in hard edge and minimalist painting in Australia and abroad.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005


Details


Date

(1969)


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

pencil, gouache on ivory Arches paper


Dimensions

40.2 x 55.2 cm image; 57.0 x 76.4 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pen and black ink "Fred Williams.". Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Professor Douglas Joseph 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

283.1990


Artist information

Fred Williams

Works in the collection

222


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


East of the Sun, Sydney, 1997. List of works