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An image of Corkhill's farmhouse by Hector Gilliland

Hector Gilliland

(Australia 30 Dec 1911 – 20 Apr 2002)

Corkhill's farmhouse
Media category
Materials used
watercolour, chalk on paper on cardboard

29.0 x 39.8 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., "Gilliland 44".
Bequest of Florence Turner Blake 1959
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

'Corkhill's farmhouse' painted on the Molonglo River, Canberra, 1944 was produced in direct response to nature at a time when I was living in the country by government arrangement - and feeling 'at home' there. Nature at this stage involved the identities of things in space, conditions of light (season, weather, mood) and place. However, an awareness of intimacy through contemplation was the impetus; and attention to the qualities of watercolour imposed some sort of discipline.

As a self-taught-weekend-painter (my art school training was in life drawing and a little etching) I was not painting much in oils. For many practical reasons watercolour seemed to be the convenient medium at the time. Hindsight indicates that it was the appropriate medium, because its transparency and range of density implied space as such and, along with its fluidity, was in accord with my perceptions of nature.

Hector Gilliland, December 1959, AGNSW Acquisitions & Purchases for 1959

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