(Australia 01 May 1935–26 Jun 2005)
244.0 x 163.0cm stretcher
'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and blue pond spaces with touches of colour that recall a rosary of herbal tints … All geometric structuring has been replaced by floating color [sic] upon color.'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.
'David Aspden' interviewed by Rudi Krausmann, pg. 19-29., Aspect: Art and Literature 1979, 1979, 23 (illus.).
'A change in meaning' by W.E. Pidgeon., Sunday telegraph 02 Oct 1977, 02 Oct 1977.
'A reminder of the goodness of good art' by Nancy Borlase., The Sydney Morning Herald 24 Sep 1977, 24 Sep 1977.
'Less urgent' by Sandra McGrath., The Australian 21 Sep 1977, 21 Sep 1977.
Rudy Komon Art Gallery (Australia, estab. 1958, closed 1984) (Author), David Aspden, Sydney South, 1977. cat.no. 6; titled 'Meditation'
Anne Ryan (Australia) (Curator), Helen Campbell (Australia) (Assistant Curator), David Aspden: the colour of music and place, Sydney, 2011, 36 (caption), 37 (colour illus.), 82, 88.
David Aspden (1977), Rudy Komon Art Gallery, 17 Sep 1977–12 Oct 1977.
Australian abstraction 1965-1985: from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 09 Dec 2006–25 Jan 2007.