This painting was exhibited at the 1971 Bienal Internacional de São Paulo in Brazil, where David Aspden (and Gunter Christmann) represented Australia. Aspden was awarded a gold medal for his body of work, which became known as the 'Brazil' series. With its grand-scale celebration of joyous colour, this series coincided with Aspden’s growing artistic maturity. A key aspect of this was the freeform jigsaw shape that he introduced in order to explore the relationship between colour and space. For Aspden, painting was as much a process as the creation of an all-encompassing colour environment.
Brazil Series No.3
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
267.0 x 240.0 cm stretcher; 271.0 x 244.5 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 1985
Not on display
© Karen Aspden
Shown in 4 exhibitions
David Aspden (1971), Rudy Komon Art Gallery, Woollahra, 09 Jun 1971–23 Jun 1971
Ten Australians (1974-6), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Dec 1975–04 Jan 1976
David Aspden: paintings 1971-75 (1976), Monash University Gallery, Clayton, 07 Sep 1976–04 Oct 1976
David Aspden (1979), St John's Cathedral, Brisbane, Brisbane, 21 Sep 1979 -
Referenced in 12 publications
Agatha Gothe-Snape, Look, 'The art that made me', Sydney, Jan 2018-Feb 2018, 23 (colour illus.).
Noel Hutchison, Art and Australia, 'The dynamiting of the picture - David Aspden's paintings', pp. 224-233, Sydney, Dec 1971, 224 (col. illus.), 233. Illustrated and referred to as 'Untitled' 1971.
Dr Gertrude Langer, The Courier Mail, 'Splendid paintings in St. John's Cathedral', pg. 20, Bowen Hills, 29 Sep 1979, 20.
Patrick McCaughey., Ten Australians: Europe 1974/1975, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, 'The Australian experience', Melbourne, 1975, (illus.). cat.no. 1; titled 'Brazil Series No.3'; Lent by David Aspden, Sydney; dated 1971; not paginated
John McDonald, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Harmonious effects', pg. 14-15, Sydney, 13 Aug 2011-14 Aug 2011, 14, 15 (colour illus.). Article appears in 'Spectrum' supplement
David Ranklin., Sunday Australian, 'A showcase for the world's art', Sydney, 19 Dec 1971. Refers to the winning prize, not specifically this work.
Anne Ryan, David Aspden: the colour of music and place, 'David Aspden: the colour of music and place', pg. 6-11, Sydney, 2011, cover (colour illus., detail), 9, 16 (caption), 17 (colour illus.), 81, 88.
Terry Smith, Australia: XI Bienal de São Paulo 1971: Gunter Christmann, David Aspden, 'David Aspden', n.pag., Canberra, 1971, n.pag. (colour illus.).
David Aspden, Sydney, 1971. cat.no. 3
Unknown, David Aspden, Brisbane, 1971, 3 (illus.). cat.no. 1
David Aspden paintings 1971-75, Melbourne, 1976.
Robert Raymond, 52 views of Rudy Komon, Sydney, 1999, 164.