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Title

Stages

1986


Artist

Fred Cress

India, Australia

10 Jul 1938 - 14 Oct 2009


About

Cress was born in Poona, India, studied at the Birmingham College of Art in England, and in 1962 came to Australia, settling first in Melbourne. Over the ensuing two decades he became a leading practitioner of Australian abstract painting. From the late 1970s however, figurative forms began to dominate his work, abstract elements becoming elemental devices for creating three-dimensional spaces which reflected the artist's strong interest in the private world of Balthus and the compositional dramas of old masters (eg. Goya). This print relates to a series of paintings and pastels from 1985 titled 'Stages', in which dark curtain-like forms fall and open to reveal colourful landscapes in the background of the image.


Details


Date

1986


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour etching, aquatint, scraping out on cream wove paper


Edition

4/30


Dimensions

35.8 x 60.7 cm platemark; 53.3 x 78.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil ""Stages" Cress '86".


Credit

Gift of Graham Blondel 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.


Location

Not on display


Accession number

286.2011


Artist information

Fred Cress

Works in the collection

27