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
charcoal on cardboard
52.2 x 60.1 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., pencil "BLACKMAN 53".
Not on display
© Charles Blackman. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Contemporary Australian Drawings - from the collection:
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998
Referenced in 3 publications
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