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Inside the landscape - hot



Frank Hodgkinson


28 Apr 1919 – 20 Oct 2001

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Melbourne Victoria Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    etching, aquatint, drypoint printed in purple and yellow inks using oil viscosity method on ivory wove paper
    Artist's proof
    50.1 x 50.6 cm platemark; 53.6 x 53.5 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Frank Hodgkinson ‘71".

    Gift of Kate Hodgkinson, the artist's widow 2004
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Frank Hodgkinson/Copyright Agency

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  • About

    In 1970 Hodgkinson moved to Melbourne, after a period in Cairns and Sydney, that followed many years of living and working in Europe. He spent a concentrated period experimenting with printmaking techniques with Clifton Pugh. The result was a remarkable series of etchings of anthropomorphic landscapes, inspired by his travels through regional Australia - the Coorong, Flinders Ranges, The Olgas, Cape York, the Glass House Mountains and Tibooburra.

    The prints reveal Hodgkinson's intuitive and experimental approach, with variations of colour and printing revealing the lengths to which he went in exploring the oil-viscosity method of printing. This method, as demonstrated to him by Pugh, is a distinctive technique pioneered by British artist S.W. Hayter at his famous Paris workshop Atelier 17, where Pugh spent three months in 1970, among many other artists and students from Europe, America, Australia and Japan.

    These prints complement the most interesting and innovative prints produced in Australia in the early 1970s, sharing thematic and visual qualities with Brett Whiteley, George Baldessin and Fred Williams.

    Hodgkinson's prints from this series were not editioned in significant numbers and thus remain relatively little known or appreciated within his oeuvre. Their inclusion in an exhibition at the NGA, Canberra ('Landscapes in sets and series', 6 August - 21 Nov 1999) alongside the prints of Janet Dawson, Lloyd Rees, John Olsen, Fred Williams and Salvatore Zofrea brought them to new prominence.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

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