Still Life: West Australian gum blossoms
07 Sep 1949 -
Vicki Varvaressos belongs to a significant generation of artists who addressed women's issues in their work during the 1970s and early 80s. In her paintings from this period, such as 'Allure: What is it - Who’s got it' 1985, Varvaressos drew attention to how women were often misrepresented in the media by satirising their portrayal in glossy lifestyle magazines. From the mid-1980s, Varvaressos abandoned social commentary in her work for more traditional and introspective genres such as portraits and still-lifes. In 'Still Life: West Australian gum blossoms' 1985, Varvaressos pays homage to fellow pioneering woman painter in Australian art: Margaret Preston. This painting has its origin in an exhibition organised by the education department at the AGNSW in 1985 where contemporary artists were invited to create a work in response to Preston's 'Western Australian gum blossom' 1928.
synthetic polymer paint on hardboard
122.7 x 91.5 cm board; 125.4 x 94.3 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, blue/green synthetic polymer paint "VV 85".
Signed and dated upper c. verso on hardboard, white synthetic polymer paint "VICKI VARVARESSOS/ 1985".
Gift of Frank Watters 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Vicki Varvaressos
Shown in 1 exhibition
Frank's flat, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, 27 May 2011–17 Jul 2011
Referenced in 2 publications
Jennifer Phipps, Artists' gardens: flowers and gardens in Australian art, 1780s-1980s, Kensington, 1986. plate no. 207
Frank’s flat: A selection from Frank Watters collection, Maitland, 2011. cat.no. 238; titled 'Proteas in vase'