- Media category
- Materials used
- synthetic polymer paint on canvas
- 256.0 x 142.0 cm stretcher
- Signature & date
Signed and dated upper verso, black fibre-tipped pen "W.Turnbull ... 1965".
- Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1995 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine
- 20th-century galleries (lower level 1)
- Accession number
- © Estate of William Turnbull/DACS. Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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’.
Referenced in 1 publication
Richard Morphet, William Turnbull: sculpture and painting, London, 1973, 59 (illus.), 69. cat.no.105
Other works by William Turnbull
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