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Scott Redford

(Australia 1962 – )

Title
Spiritual Australia #1
Place of origin
BerlinGermany
Year
2002
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour screenprint on paper
Edition
17/20
Dimensions

93.0 x 73.1 cm image; 110.9 x 74.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Scott Redford". Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Lyell Bary 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
292.2013
Copyright
© Scott Redford
Location
Not on display
Further information

Scott Redford's layered body of work embodies a synthesis of regionalism, identity, abstraction and pop culture. Growing up on the Gold Coast and living in Brisbane, Redford has remained resolutely committed to the iconography of his region: surfboards, motorbikes, palms trees and high rise apartment blocks appear regularly. His interest in subcultural identities feeds into this iconography and surfers, bikers or men who may or may not desire other men also inhabit his imagery.

'Spiritual Australia #1' features a photograph of Australian artist Robert Hunter appropriated from the catalogue for the The Field exhibition, held in 1968 at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This important exhibition featured artists working with hard edge abstraction, seen as a contemporary international style but one which was most artists moved away from soon after the exhibition. Hunter however has adhered to minimal hard edge painting throughout his working life. Redford has said about this work, "... those great shots in The Field where the artists look like ANZAC soldiers or footballers... that piece was about Australia, about being homesick - it was made in Berlin." (Bricks are heavy, IMA. Brisbane, p 73). Redford makes reference here to the connection often made between abstract art and spiritualism, and also to an artist who is perhaps one of his heroes.

Bibliography (1)

Scott Redford, Bricks are heavy, 2006, 73 (illus.).