- Other Title
- Dry salvages
- Media categories
- Mixed media , Painting , Collage
- Materials used
- oil and found objects on plywood
triptych: 187.6 x 374.4 x 18.0 cm overall approx.
a - left panel, 183.3 x 122.2 cm
b - centre panel, 183.3 x 122.2 cm
c - right panel, 183.5 x 122.4 cm
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. centre panel [part b], red oil "Lanceley 63/64".
- Purchased 1991
- 20th-century galleries (lower level 1)
- Accession number
- © Estate of Colin Lanceley/Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
The title of this assemblage, 'The Dry Salvages', is also that of a poem by TS Eliot, composed during the Second World War. In his imagery of rivers and seas embodying the passage of time, carrying human culture within them, the poet turned to the flotsam and jetsam of the past, underlining a way of approaching a new era as potentially fertile territory. In Eliot’s words, Lanceley saw a way of maintaining a poetic or artistic attitude in spite of the fickle impermanence of consumer society.
'There is no end, but addition: the trailing
Consequence of further days and hours,
While emotion takes to itself the emotionless
Years of living among the breakage
Of what was believed as the most reliable –
And therefore the fittest for renunciation.'
– extract from TS Eliot’s ’The Dry Salvages’ 1941
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Colin Lanceley, South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne, 28 Apr 1964 -
Selections from 'The Helena Rubinstein Travelling Art Scholarship' 1964, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Sep 1964–11 Oct 1964
Australian Collection Focus: Colin Lanceley The Dry Salvages 1963-64 and Gemini 1964, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jan 2001–25 Mar 2001
Wastelands: A poetic legacy, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Aug 2005–09 Oct 2005
Art of parts: collage and assemblage from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Sep 2016–13 Nov 2016
20th-Century galleries Rehang (Lower Level 1), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Aug 2022–2023
Referenced in 8 publications
Helen Campbell, Look, 'Stuck on you', pg. 16-19, Sydney, Sep 2016, 16.
Elizabeth Fortescue., dailytelegraph.com.au, 'Australian art legend Colin Lanceley dies after long illness', Sydney, 30 Jan 2015, n.pag.. viewed 30.01.2015, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/arts/australian-art-legend-colin-lanceley-dies-after-long-illness/story-fniv7r7y-1227201808929
Jane Hampson, Look, 'Lost and found: Colin Lanceley on urban collage, TS Eliot and the Annandale Imitation Realists', pg. 18-19, Melbourne, Dec 2000-Jan 2001, front cover (colour illus., detail), 5 (colour illus.), 18 (colour illus.), 19. Australian Focus series
Barry Pearce, Australian Collection Focus: Colin Lanceley The Dry Salvages 1963-64 and Gemini 1964, 'Colin Lanceley: poeticising the banal', pg. 2-3, Sydney, 2001, 2-3, 4-5 (colour illus.), 7-8, 10, 11, 12 (colour illus., detail).
Barry Pearce, Look, 'Focus on Wastelands: How the idea was born', pg. 16, Sydney, Sep 2005, 16, 17 (colour illus.).
David Thomas., The Australian, 'Art citadel breached by new impressionists', Sydney, 31 May 1965, page unknown (illus., detail of right panel). Right panel reproduced with caption: 'Colin Lanceley's assemblage Black Magic in the exhibition of Sydney Painters '65 which opened on Saturday evening'.
Editor Unknown (Editor), Truth, 'Is Lanceley really serious or is he pulling our legs - and at £600 for a triptych called The Dry Salvages that's a considerable leg pull?', pg. 24, Melbourne, 09 May 1964, 24.
Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Assembled junk wins £1,300 travelling grant', Sydney, 18 Sep 1964, page unknown.
Other works by Colin Lanceley
See all 43 works