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An image of Ploughed fields at Mirboo North near Thorpedale, Victoria by Shay Docking

Shay Docking

(Australia 29 Nov 1928 – 19 Nov 1998)

Ploughed fields at Mirboo North near Thorpedale, Victoria
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
pencil, watercolour, gouache

35.7 x 48.3 cm image/sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.l., pen and black ink "Shay Docking". Not dated.
Gift of Lauris Elms AM OBE 2000
Accession number
© Shay Docking Estate
Not on display
Further information

This is a major early watercolour which reveals something of Shay Docking's development as an artist - the influence of 20th century English Romanticism with Surrealist overtones e.g. in the work of Paul and John Nash, John Piper and Eric Ravilious. It also reveals her love of the Victorian landscape of her youth. Shay Docking's husband, Gil Docking, remembers his wife making this watercolour when she accompanied him on one of his extended stints to country centres in Victoria as an Education Officer managing the Travelling Exhibition Programme for the National Gallery of Victoria.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Bibliography (1)

Rhonda Davis and Leonard Janiszewski (Curators), Songs of earth and sea: Shay Docking 1955-1996, Sydney, 2011, 75.

Exhibition history (1)

Song of earth and sea: Shay Docking 1955 - 1996, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney, 26 Aug 2011–14 Oct 2011

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