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Title

Spangle

1977

Artist

Lesley Dumbrell

Australia

14 Oct 1941 –

  • Details

    Date
    1977
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    Dimensions
    149.0 x 210.0 cm stretcher; 153.0 x 214.0 x 2.6 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated centre stretcher member, green marker "...1977/ L. DUMBRELL..." and verso, red oil "L. Dumbrell. 1977/...".

    Credit
    Purchased 1979
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    2.1979
    Copyright
    © Lesley Dumbrell

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    Lesley Dumbrell

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  • About

    Following a strong, figurative training at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Lesley Dumbrell began teaching there in 1966, and met the American colour-field painter, James Doolin. Through Doolin she was introduced to the new medium of acrylic paint. During this period, Dumbrell also began her investigations into the work of Bridget Riley and Jesús Rafael Soto, key members of the international Op Art movement of the 1960s.

    In 'Spangle', Dumbrell incorporates the retinal effects of Op Art – the dazzle and afterimages produced by geometric pattern and contrasting colour. The surface is criss-crossed with lines of varying but standard lengths, laid out with mathematical precision to create difficult but decipherable rhythms and a near-moiré dazzle from the intersection of the angled grids of dots and dashes – a chromatic ‘Morse code’.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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