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Anthony Galbraith

(Australia 1951 – 04 Oct 1996)

Untitled No.46
Media category
Mixed media
Materials used
painted wood, glass and limed box

74.0 x 53.5 x 8.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Dr Colin and Mrs Elizabeth Laverty 2005
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

During the 1980s and into the 1990s Anthony Galbraith created relief constructions in a highly disciplined art practice. In his box-framed sculptures he explored variations in the interplay of colour, line, three dimensional forms and representing space in two dimensions. These compositions are essentially still-life's in which he abstracts objects and architectural space into the final nuanced sculptures.

Galbraith drew and painted the compositions onto paper before cutting them up and mounting them on balsa wood. The depicted space in the two-dimensional paintings then became three-dimensional relief constructions. The intersecting lines of Galbraith's drawings remain visible in the final work, suggesting even further spatial variations. While geometry plays a part in these works, intuition and formal considerations are also important to the final composition and use of colour.

Galbraith's art continues within the trajectory of European constructivism that emerged after the developments in Cubism early in the 20th century. His work is also influenced by later 20th century British Constructivism and artists such as Ben Nicholson. Australian modernists including Godfrey Miller are also important precursors to his work. The rigour with which Galbraith pursued his vision meant that he only allowed his work to be exhibited in three solo exhibitions during his lifetime.

Bibliography (1)

Felicity Fenner, Anthony Galbraith: a retrospective, 1998, 32 (illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

Anthony Galbraith, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 21 Feb 1989–11 Mar 1989

Anthony Galbraith: a retrospective, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington, 25 Jun 1998–01 Aug 1998