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Title

Meditation

(1977)


Artist

David Aspden

Australia, England

01 May 1935 - 26 Jun 2005


About

'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and blue pond spaces with touches of colour that recall a rosary of herbal tints … All geometric structuring has been replaced by floating color [sic] upon color.'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.


Details


Other Title

Meditation Landscape


Date

(1977)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

244.0 x 163.0 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

345.1977


Artist information

David Aspden

Works in the collection

70


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


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', Sydney, 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, 1977. cat.no. 6; titled 'Meditation'