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Brazil no 3



David Aspden

Australia, England

01 May 1935 - 26 Jun 2005


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.


Other Titles

Brazil Series No.3




Media category


Materials used

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

Accession number


Artist information

David Aspden

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 13 publications


Agatha Gothe-Snape, Look, 'The art that made me', pg. 21-23, Sydney, Jan 2018-Feb 2018, 23 (colour illus.).

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, David Aspden paintings 1971-75, Melbourne, 1976.

Patrick McCaughey., Ten Australians: Europe 1974/1975, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, 'The Australian experience', Melbourne, 1975, (illus.). 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.

Robert Raymond, 52 views of Rudy Komon, Sydney, 1999, 164.

Rudy Komon Art Gallery, David Aspden, Sydney, 1971. 3

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.).

St John's Cathedral, Brisbane, David Aspden, Brisbane, 1971, 3 (illus.). 1