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Title

Station boys

circa 1953


Artist

Russell Drysdale

England, Australia

07 Feb 1912 - 29 Jun 1981


About

In 1951 Russell Drysdale travelled to Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland where he developed an interest in Indigenous Australians as a subject for his work. Many of the paintings he produced during this time depict Aboriginal subjects in urban and rural settings, and reveal the artist’s objective compassion toward the people he met and painted. These works formed a significant social comment on the sense of displacement experienced by Indigenous people during the early 1950s in Australia.

'Station boys' emanates from this period and presents two young Indigenous Australian stockmen standing side-by-side in a photographic-type format. Portraying the young men at a close proximity – in comparison to related works, such as 'Group of Aborigines' (1953) – the painting establishes a more intimate connection between its subject and the viewer.


Details


Other Title

Aboriginal stockmen


Date

circa 1953


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

76.5 x 60.9 cm stretcher; 87.8 x 72.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, red oil "Russell Drysdale". Not dated.


Credit

Gifted by Ausgrid on behalf of the NSW Government 2013


Accession number

95.2013


Artist information

Russell Drysdale

Works in the collection

37


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Macquarie Galleries, Russell Drysdale, 'Catalogue', Sydney, 1953, n.pag.. cat.no. 14

John Saxby (Editor), Look, 'Lost boys from the bush found in the city', pg. 10, Sydney, May 2015, 10, 28 (colour illus.).