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Towards the light XII



Jennifer Marshall


25 Mar 1944 -


Jennifer Marshall was born in Adelaide and studied painting at the South Australian School of Art 1959-62 and etching under Karin Schepers and Udo Sellbach in 1963. In 1976 she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney and in 1994 a Master of Arts from Monash University. She was Senior Lecturer and Head of the Printmaking Department at Sydney College of the Arts 1982-89, and has also taught in Glasgow, Tasmania, Victoria and Canberra. Marshall has exhibited in group exhibitions since 1961 and held solo exhibitions since 1975.

In 1992 Marshall began work on a proposed artist's book, from which emerged a series of prints titled 'Towards the light'. Two early Italian paintings, Duccio's 'The Annunciation' (1311) and Simone Martini's 'The Annunciation, St Ansanus and St Margaret (?), the Prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isiah and Daniel' (1333) were integral to this work.

"I wanted to expore some of the formal pictorial conventions evident in these two paintings. To make the two halves of the picture work both together and yet read as separately existing in their own space. Also the representation of light, the light of heaven, illuminating the darkness".

She made a number of prints, including lithographs in the series, which culminated in 'Towards the light XII'.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998




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Materials used

chiaroscuro woodcut from four craftwood blocks, printed in black, blue/grey and warm grey ink on two sheets of white Korean paper


artist's proof


98.0 x 136.0 cm blockmark [sight]; 104.0 x 70.0 cm each sheet

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "J. MARSHALL '93".


Purchased 1995


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Jennifer Marshall

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 2 publications


Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 140 (illus.). 118

Anne Ryan, Contemporary Australian prints from the collection, Sydney, 2004. 31