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Title

Dreamtime

1980


Artist

Richard Killeen

New Zealand

1946 -


About

Richard Killeen is a New Zealand painter renowned for his ‘cut-outs’ — collections of painted aluminium shapes that can be hung in variable arrangements. Works of this kind were seen in Australia in 1982 and 1986 at the Sydney Biennale and, through the 1980s and 1990s, in exhibitions at Ray Hughes Gallery.

Killeen draws on many art histories and cultural sources to create his image-rich art. This work is one of three called ‘Dreamtime’ from 1980 that make special reference to Aboriginal art. As critic Francis Pound has remarked, here landforms, boomerangs and other tantalisingly ambiguous shapes ‘float in the colours of night.’


Details


Date

1980


Media category

Installation


Materials used

acrylic lacquer on aluminium, 26 pieces


Dimensions

installation dimensions variable :

a - 1; 124 x 22 cm

b - 2; 69 x 33.5 cm

c - 3; 55.5 x 33 cm

d - 4; 114.5 x 24 cm

e - 5; 68 x 17 cm

f - 6; 49 x 12 cm

g - 7; 90 x 7 cm

h - 8; 79.5 x 14 cm

i - 9; 90.5 x 15 cm

j - 10; 56 x 14 cm

k - 11; 57 x 29 cm

l - 12; 106.5 x 20 cm

m - 13; 67 x 20 cm

n - 14; 51 x 22 cm

o - 15; 114 x 27 cm

p - 16; 86 x 22 cm

q - 17; 42.5 x 6.5 cm

r - 18; 66 x 9 cm

s - 19; 56 x 27 cm

t - 20; 57.5 x 24.5 cm

u - 21; 117 x 29 cm

v - 22; 52.5 x 7.5 cm

w - 23; 96 x 33.5 cm

x - 24; 92 x 17.5 cm

y - 25; 66 x 6.5 cm

z - 26; 97 x 13.5 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated verso part W, acrylic lacquer "Killeen/ .../ JUNE 1980/ .../ ...".
Signed and dated inside lid original crate, blue felt tip pen "Killeen/ .../ JUNE 1980/ .../ ...".


Credit

Gift of Jim Barr, Mary Barr and Richard Killeen 2015. Founding Governors of the Friends of New Zealand Art


Location

Not on display


Accession number

334.2015.a-z


Artist information

Richard Killeen

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Justin Paton, Look, 'Kiwi Karma', pg.22-6, Sydney, Mar 2016, 24, 25 (colour illus.).

Kind of Blue: New Acquistions [sic] and Loans, Dunedin, 2009.

Good work: the Jim and Mary Barr collection, Dunedin, 2001.

Shared pleasures: the Jim and Mary Barr collection, Hamilton, 1993.

Mary Barr, Headlands: thinking through New Zealand art, Sydney, 1992.

"Better than collecting dust": the Jim and Mary Barr Collection, Palmerston North, 1987.