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Title

8-1965

1965

Artist

William Turnbull

Scotland

11 Jan 1922 – 15 Nov 2012

  • Details

    Date
    1965
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    Dimensions
    256.0 x 142.0 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated upper verso, black fibre-tipped pen "W.Turnbull ... 1965".

    Credit
    Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1995 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine
    Location
    20th-century galleries (lower level 1)
    Accession number
    262.2002
    Copyright
    © Estate of William Turnbull/DACS. Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    William Turnbull

    Works in the collection

    23

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  • About

    In many of William Turnbull’s paintings of the 1960s, formal considerations such as line, colour and proportion merge with memories and experiences. The composition of '8-1965' has its genesis in a flight the artist took over the jungles of South-East Asia with his Singaporean wife, artist Kim Lim. Turnbull wrote that he saw below a ’view of thick uniform single colour texture of abundant and luxuriant growth, broken only by a river’s winding course’.

    Turnbull served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and the views he saw from aeroplanes offered him a new way of perceiving the world. He later recounted that ’the main thing about flying for me was the fact that the world didn’t any longer look like a Dutch landscape; it looked like an abstract painting’.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by William Turnbull

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