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Title

Canine capers III

1969

Artist

Robert Rooney

Australia

24 Sep 1937 - 21 Mar 2017

  • Details

    Date
    1969
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    Dimensions
    152.4 x 152.4 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated verso on canvas, red fibre-tipped pen "ROBERT ROONEY/ ... 1969/ ...".

    Credit
    Purchased 1975
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    175.1975
    Copyright
    © Estate of Robert Rooney

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    Artist information
    Robert Rooney

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  • About

    This painting was created using a mechanical process that aimed to eliminate the subjective decision-making of the artist. In a celebration of the mundane, the title of the work and its means of creation were inspired by the back of a breakfast cereal packet. Rooney created a stencil from a shape printed on the packaging, which he then applied to the canvas in a repeated pattern. The colours were chance selections from house-paint colour charts.

    Rooney’s work was included in 'The field' exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1968. Although his work employs the visual vocabulary of colour-field painting, it is in fact closer in intent to pop and conceptual art.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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