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’.
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
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/...".
Not on display
© Lesley Dumbrell
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Project 41: The mosaic -The grid (1983), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Mar 1983–24 Apr 1983
Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995
Hard Edge, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Aug 1999–24 Oct 1999
Australian abstraction 1965-1985: from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Dec 2006–25 Jan 2007
Forcefields, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Feb 2014–14 Sep 2014
Visions of Utopia, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, 25 Feb 2017–22 May 2017
Referenced in 3 publications
Janine Burke, Field of vision. A decade of change: women's art in the seventies, Ringwood, 1990, 37 (colour illus.). (plate 5)
Michael Desmond, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Abstraction', pg.16-59, Sydney, 2006, 30, 31 (colour illus.).
Project 41 - the mosaic, the grid, Sydney, 1983. cat.no. 17