Frank Hinder’s early development as an artist was shaped by a remarkable period of training in the USA, where he first encountered the theory of dynamic symmetry, a method of linking the natural world with a mathematical pattern. Hinder was also attracted to the philosophy of the futurists, but his main interest was to create unity from complexity and order out of chaos.
'Bomber crash', his war-time depiction of a burning plane, perhaps came closest to that glorification of speed and mechanical energy embraced by the futurists. It was inspired by an incident that took place in New Guinea during his service in World War II as a member of the Camouflage Unit. Hinder translated the trauma he experienced when his plane crashed and burst into flames into a series of small watercolours and Bomber crash. A second work in this series is held by the Australian War Memorial.
tempera on paper on paperboard
54.9 x 40.0 cm board
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "F.C. HINDER 43".
Signed l.r. corner, tempera "F.C. HINDER".
Not on display
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Contemporary Art Society Sixth Annual Exhibition (1944), Vickery's Galleries, Sydney, 26 Jun 1944–14 Jul 1944
Australia at War (1946), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Mar 1946–28 Mar 1946
Acquisitions 1967, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Mar 1968–01 Apr 1968
Frank and Margel Hinder retrospective (1973), Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, 30 Aug 1973–30 Sep 1973
Frank and Margel Hinder 1930-1980, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jun 1980–13 Jul 1980
Referenced in 10 publications
Ann Elias, Sydney College of the Arts, Camouflage Australia: art, nature, science and war, 'Frank Hinder', pg. 180-197, Sydney, 2011, 189 (colour illus.), 190. fig. 12.7
Betty Churcher, The art of war, Carlton, 2004, 116. NOTE: this version of 'Bomber crash' is from the collection of the Australian War Memorial.
Dennis Colsey, Hand and eye - a survey of artists materials and techniques: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1970, Sydney, 1969, (illus.). cat.no. 66
Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts and Commonwealth Art Advisory Board (Co-ordinators), Australia at war, Melbourne, 1946. cat.no. 127
Mary Eagle, Australian Modern Painting Between the Wars 1914-1939, 'Quest', pg. 104-113, Sydney, 1989, 107 (colour illus.).
Renee Free, The art of Frank Hinder, 'Part 3: Geometric abstracts', pg. 92-119, Sydney, 2011, 104, 105, 106 (colour illus.), 107. NOTE: Related work 'Bomber Crash' 1943-49 in the collection of the Australian War Memorial is reproduced on page 107.
Jill Sykes, Look, 'Frank Hinder: his legacy revealed on page and screen', pg. 18-20, Sydney, Oct 2011, 18 (colour illus.), 20.
David Thomas, Frank and Margel Hinder Retrospective, Newcastle, 1973. cat.no. 13
Editor Unknown (Editor), 1967 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1967, 12. cat.no. 7
Sixth Annual Exhibition: Contemporary Art Society, Sydney, 1944. cat.no. 95