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Fred Williams

(Australia, England 23 Jan 1927 – 22 Apr 1982)

Australian landscape I
Media category
Materials used
gouache, black ink spatter on cream Arches paper

49.2 x 72.0 cm image, 57.4 x 76.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.l., pen and black ink "Fred Williams". Not dated.
Bequest of Professor Douglas Joseph 1990
Accession number
© Estate of Fred Williams
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (1)

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

Exhibition history (2)

East of the Sun (1997), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 01 Jun 1997–17 Nov 1997

Australian Collection Focus: Fred Williams gouaches, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Mar 2005–01 May 2005