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An image of Counting: One, Two, Three by Imants Tillers

Imants Tillers

(Australia 30 Jul 1950 – )

Counting: One, Two, Three
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint, gouache, oilstick on 162 canvas boards Nos. 17188-17349

251.0 x 639.0 cm overall installed

Gift of the artist 2006
Accession number
© Imants Tillers
Not on display
Further information

This painting is from 'The book of power' series of multi-canvas appropriation works which Imants Tillers began in 1981 and still continues. Tillers cites the work of other artists to question authorial originality, how images circulate and to investigate ideas about location and place.

The numerals 1, 2, 3 are taken from a work by New Zealand modernist painter Colin McCahon. Tillers has overlaid the McCahon work onto a landscape of Lake Wakitipu in New Zealand by colonial artist Eugène von Guérard. He has added
a third appropriation, the signature of Italian artist Georgio de Chirico. De Chirico’s reuse of his own early 20th-century imagery, in works he painted much later, is an example of the cultural recycling that fascinates Tillers.

Bibliography (5)

Graham Coulter-Smith, The Postmodern Art of Imants Tillers: Appropriation 'en abyme', 1971-2002, London, 2002, 173-174, 173 (illus.).

Wystan Curnow, Imants Tillers and the 'Book of Power', Singapore, 1998, 96 (colour illus.).

William Dart (Editor), Art New Zealand, 'Imants Tillers in Wellington', Jenny Harper & Imants Tillers interview, pg. 52-55, Auckland, Winter 1989, 52 (illus.).

Jenny Harper, Imants Tillers: 19301, 1989.

Charles Merewether, Towards Infinity: works by Imants Tillers, Mexico, 1999, 51 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)


Towards Infinity: works by Imants Tillers, Museo de arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Mexico, 24 Sep 1999–01 Jan 2000