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Title

Luna Park with Griffin light

1953


Artist

Charles Blackman

Australia

12 Aug 1928 -


About

Born in Sydney in 1928, Charles Blackman moved to Melbourne where he established a studio in 1951. Blackman found the urban environment congenial to his work which reflected domestic and city life, as well as themes stimulated by the literature he was reading at the time. It was during his first year in Melbourne that Blackman discovered the bayside suburb of St Kilda, where he would travel by tram to swim, draw and visit Luna Park. The drawings led to a series of paintings on the same theme. The 'Griffin light' at the centre of the composition refers to the distinctive street lights along the Esplanade in St Kilda, which were designed by the architect Walter Burley Griffin.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004


Details


Place where the work was made

Melbourne Victoria Australia


Date

1953


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

charcoal on cardboard


Dimensions

52.2 x 60.1 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., pencil "BLACKMAN 53".


Credit

Purchased 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

289.1984


Artist information

Charles Blackman

Works in the collection

49


Place

Where the work was made
Melbourne

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Stephanie Holt and Jennifer Phipps (Curators), Luna park and the Art of Mass Delirium, Melbourne, 1998, 46.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Contemporary Australian drawings: from the collection, Sydney, 1992. cat.no. 1

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 96 (illus.). cat.no. 88