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Title

Classical composition with hawk and falcon

2013


Artist

Ken Whisson

Australia

1927 -


About

Ken Whisson is recognized as the quintessential 'cult painter' or 'outsider artist' in Australian art because his paintings and drawings challenge conventional taste and logic and were considered difficult by many people. His faux-naïve style of painting and drawing is influenced by the work of the figurative expressionists, particularly Danila Vassilieff and Sidney Nolan, who he came into contact with in Melbourne during the 1940s and 50s. 'Classical composition with hawk and falcon' 2013 is a recent work by Whisson that features recurring motifs in his oeuvre such as birds, cars and houses. In this painting Whisson describes the world as he sees it: contradictory, bizarre and ominous.


Details


Date

2013


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on linen


Dimensions

94.4 x 120.0 cm strecther; 98.0 x 124.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated u.r. verso on canvas, black fibre-tipped pen "… Ken Whisson/ …/ …/ … 29/1/12 + 10/2/13/ …/ …".


Credit

Gift of Frank Watters 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Accession number

37.2018


Artist information

Ken Whisson

Works in the collection

16


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history