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Title

Mayfair: eleven paintings, eleven signs, red-yellow-green (autumn) for Mrs Brisbane 1994-2004

1994-2004

Artist

Robert MacPherson

Australia

1937 -

Alternate image of Mayfair: eleven paintings, eleven signs, red-yellow-green (autumn) for Mrs Brisbane 1994-2004 by Robert MacPherson
Alternate image of Mayfair: eleven paintings, eleven signs, red-yellow-green (autumn) for Mrs Brisbane 1994-2004 by Robert MacPherson
Alternate image of Mayfair: eleven paintings, eleven signs, red-yellow-green (autumn) for Mrs Brisbane 1994-2004 by Robert MacPherson
Alternate image of Mayfair: eleven paintings, eleven signs, red-yellow-green (autumn) for Mrs Brisbane 1994-2004 by Robert MacPherson
  • Details

    Date
    1994-2004
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on hardboard
    Dimensions
    244.0 x 91.0 cm board each panel :

    a - panel 1, 122.3 x 91.5 cm

    b - panel 2, 117.5 x 91.5 cm

    c - panel 3, 122.3 x 91.5 cm

    d - panel 4, 117.5 x 91.5 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l. verso on board [vertically] [part a], black fibre-tipped pen "...1994-2004/ R.MACPHERSON...".
    Signed and dated l.r. corner verso on board [part b], black fibre-tipped pen "R.MACPHERSON ... APRIL 2004".
    Signed and dated u.r. verso on board [part c], black fibre-tipped pen ".../ 1994-2004/ R.MACPHERSON ... APRIL 2004".

    Credit
    Gift of Simon Johnson 2014. Donated through the Australia Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    118.2014.a-d
    Copyright
    © Robert MacPherson

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  • About

    This painting is from the 'Mayfair' series, which encompasses a large body of work made by MacPherson from the early 1990s onwards. The title refers to the Mayfair sandwich bar in Brisbane, where MacPherson had lunch every day for many years. The people's names he uses in the titles are people he has met, often in places like the sandwich bar. The reference to a sandwich bar, even one that sounds like posh real estate though it is just a shop, and the word 'Smoko', point to Macpherson's interest in the idiosyncratic use of language, names and signs in Australia.

    Along with other works in the series it is painted with Dulux commercial paint rather than specialist artists paints and is also painted on masonite, an everyday material. The black monochrome refers to 20th century international modernism just as tomatoes and apples based on homemade roadside advertising signs represent a vernacular local Australia - an encounter between the local and the international has been key to MacPherson's practice for many years.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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