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Black music



David Aspden

Australia, England

01 May 1935 – 26 Jun 2005

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    150.0 x 244.0 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated u.l. corner verso, red fibre-tipped pen "DAVID ASPDEN/ .../ 1995".

    D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2004
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Karen Aspden

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    David Aspden

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  • About

    Late in his career Aspden reasserted the centrality of colour and music to his work, describing the synaesthetic relationship between them as the core of his practice. He referred to colour in musical terms – harmony, variation and discord – and associated it with nature and landscape:

    'What are the colours of music? … I am challenged by the colours that can be found in the air, wind and weather, as well as the more easily recognisable colours in the tangible world of nature.'

    In a brief handwritten note about this painting, Aspden asserted that ‘… (it refers) to Australia – to Aboriginal sounds’, although he had no knowledge of Indigenous music as such. Rather, the work should be seen as part of Aspden’s ongoing struggle to respond to place, evident since the early 1980s, when he sought to understand his work and himself as an Australian artist.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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