Australian landscape I
23 Jan 1927 - 22 Apr 1982
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
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
Not on display
© Estate of Fred Williams
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 1 publication
East of the Sun, Sydney, 1997. List of works