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An image of Meditation by David Aspden

David Aspden

(Australia, England 01 May 1935 – 26 Jun 2005)

Other titles:
Meditation Landscape
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

244.0 x 163.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1977
Accession number
© Karen Aspden
Not on display
Further information

'The leaf-like forms flutter over dark green surfaces, autumn floors, and blue pond spaces with touches of colour that recall a rosary of herbal tints … All geometric structuring has been replaced by floating color [sic] upon color.'

Sandra McGrath, Australian, 1977

This painting exemplifies Aspden’s deft placement of shapes and musical ‘accenting’ of colour to create movement on the surface of the canvas, as well as interplay between foreground and background. One of a series of Meditation paintings and drawings made at this time, it marked a new development in his work in which he arranged his signature free-form shapes more loosely over the canvas in what was termed a ‘floating’ style.

Bibliography (6)

Nancy Borlase., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'A reminder of the goodness of good art', Sydney, 24 Sep 1977.

Rudi Krausmann, Aspect: Art and Literature, 'David Aspden' interviewed, pg. 19-29, Mona Vale, 1979, 23 (illus.).

Sandra McGrath., The Australian, 'Less urgent', Surry Hills, 21 Sep 1977.

W.E. Pidgeon., Sunday telegraph, 'A change in meaning', Sydney, 02 Oct 1977.

Helen Campbell with Eric Riddler, David Aspden: the colour of music and place, 'Chronology', pg. 79-85, Sydney, 2011, 36 (caption), 37 (colour illus.), 82, 88.

Rudy Komon Art Gallery, David Aspden, Sydney South, 1977. 6; titled 'Meditation'

Exhibition history (2)

David Aspden (1977), Rudy Komon Art Gallery, Woollahra, 17 Sep 1977–12 Oct 1977

Australian abstraction 1965-1985: from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Dec 2006–25 Jan 2007