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Australian landscape I



Fred Williams

Australia, England

23 Jan 1927 – 22 Apr 1982

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  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    gouache, black ink spatter on cream Arches paper
    49.2 x 72.0 cm image, 57.4 x 76.2 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l., pen and black ink "Fred Williams". Not dated.

    Bequest of Professor Douglas Joseph 1990
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Fred Williams

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  • About

    Fred Williams made a number of gouaches while on holiday at Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula in January 1969, which were a radical departure from his previous work. In the 'Australian landscape' series Williams experimented with a new, minimal approach, using masking tape to create a clearly defined area on the surface in which to paint. This formal device evoked a sense of the vastness of the landscape, and led to the later 'strip' gouaches, some of which are on display here. The 'Australian landscape' series also had parallels with contemporary developments in hard edge and minimalist painting in Australia and abroad.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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