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nature. insects plants flowers. shells fish corals. the microscopic creatures. dreams



Nick Mourtzakis

Greece, Australia

31 Aug 1951 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Melbourne Victoria Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    black wax crayon, lithographic crayon, pencil, paper tapes, white gouache, light brown wash, scraping out on paper
    68.6 x 54.2 cm image; 80.6 x 59.3 cm sheet; 94.0 x 77.5 x 4.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l., black wax crayon "NM", lithographic crayon "206"

    Gift of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation 2006
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Nick Mourtzakis

    Reproduction requests

    Dobell Prize for Drawing
    Winner - 2006
    Artist information
    Nick Mourtzakis

    Works in the collection


  • About

    An imposing image of the artist’s larger than life-sized face seen at close quarters, Nick Mourtzakis’s drawing impels our entry into a private inner realm. It is a self-portrait in which the artist sought to resolve his sense of physical separateness and identity as an individual, with his knowledge and awareness of our fluid connectedness to all nature at the fundamental level of organic matter. The title conveys this overarching awareness that everything has its
    source in nature, which, for Mourtzakis, is a crucial part of his imaginative and emotional inner life.

    The richly textured surface of the drawing attests to several concentrated sessions of re-working over a period of five years, revealing the extensive layers of drawing, erasure and re-drawing, characteristic of his approach. His geometric rendering of complex facial forms also reflects Mourtzakis’s longstanding interest in analytical cubism.

    This work won the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 2006 and was acquired by the Gallery in 2006.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 12 publications

Other works by Nick Mourtzakis