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Hillside, Rainbow Valley



Judy Cassab

Australia, Austria, Hungary

15 Aug 1920 - 03 Nov 2015


The Gallery has two other works from the Rainbow Valley series in the collection, one a drawing, the other a watercolour, both of which were included in the Dobell Drawing Prize exhibitions in 1997 and 1999 respectively. 'Rainbow Valley' is in the Northern Territory near Alice Springs, and has been a rich source of inspiration for Cassab in her exploration of the dual themes of landscape and abstraction for a number of years. She first visited there in 1975 and has returned many times in subsequent years.

She recalled her first impressions of the valley in her diary: "….. Voila! There was the magic I was missing. It’s a fragile place, so old that it would make the Greek ruins look young. The character of the rock is like nothing I have ever seen. We ate lunch in a cave where the rock ceiling looked like three waves of a Chinese scroll, meeting gracefully, reflecting the orange glow and the ivory sheen of the walls. Amazing. Enchanting".

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2015

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004




Media categories

Drawing , Watercolour

Materials used

charcoal, watercolour, gouache on white Arches paper


75.5 x 105.5 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., brown watercolour "Cassab/ 03".


Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2004


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Judy Cassab

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 2 publications


Michael Carr Art Dealer, Judy Cassab: Rainbow Valley, The spirit of the place, Sydney, 2004. 8

Anne Ryan, Look, 'Judy Cassab's landscapes: Celebrating her adventurous spirit', pg. 16-17, Sydney, Jul 2008, 16 (colour illus.).